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Date of Birth: October 02, 1931

Date of Death: January 17, 2020

Frances Marie Gentry, age 88, passed away suddenly January 17, 2020 due to massive heart failure. Frances resided at Christian Care Assistant Living Center, Phoenix since June, 2015 shortly after getting dementia caused from anesthesia from the heart bypass surgery she had in Feb, 2015. Frances was a widow for many years. Preceding her in death, was her husband of 49 years (married April 24, 1950), Robert E. Gentry, Nashville, TN (Sept 21, 1930 - June 8, 1999 cause of death was heart failure). Frances was born October 2, 1931 in Nashville, TN to Charles C. (founder of Leanna Church of Christ, Murfreesboro) and Annie Barrett (widow for many years and a great Christian), Nashville, TN. Preceded in death are her parents, and brothers, Charles C., Jr, William Ray and sisters, Helen Louise and Ethel Ruth. Also preceded in death is her granddaughter, Suzie. Surviving Frances are her five children, Debbie (Frank), Helen (Dave), Terri (Tommy), Cindy (Greg) and Doug and her eight grandchildren, Tammy, Brandon, Joey, Stephanie, Melissa, Heather, Amanda (David) and Joshua and her thirteen great grandchildren, Savannah, Ashleigh (Coleson), Phoenix, Zoey, Kelsey, Hunter, Benjamin, Julie, Kendal, Gabriel, Jacob, David and Alicia. Frances was second to the oldest born after her sister, Helen, and is survived by three brothers, Everett (Peggy), Jerry (Diane), Johnny (Diane) and eight sisters, Beatrice (Esque), Jean (Clay), Hester, Betty (Floyd), Faye, Lucy (Ed), Kathy (Ed) and Judy. Grandma “Tree” provided excellent Christian based childcare for her grandchildren, Amanda and Joshua (and even watched them for six weeks while Helen attended military training with the military reserves). Amanda and Joshua give her full credit for a good upbringing (giving their lucky, working parents peace of mind) and with the fruits of her labor, turning out to be the Christians they are today. Frances was very independent and had her own apartment prior to having the bypass surgery in 2015. Frances absolutely loved gardening, decorating her apartment and her favorite past time was reading/studying the Bible, writing out Bible verses, going through several Bibles, highlighting verses and starting a new Bible to reread again. Following the example of her late mother, Frances praised and loved God with all of her heart, soul and mind and set a Christian example for everyone to follow. Frances stayed healthy by going to LA Fitness where she did her exercise routine in the pool. Frances set the example for being a good Christian. Frances was an original with a vibrant personality, everyone loved her southern charm, friendly disposition and everyone loved being around her, even all of the nurses at Christian Care said how they enjoyed and loved her. Frances was a good daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Everyone knew they could turn to Frances anytime they needed a good friend or help with anything, and she always made everyone feel loved, cared for and welcome. Living with dementia, Frances loved and tended to her babies (dolls) which brought her some comfort in the final phase of her lonely life in a wheelchair living in the nursing home. With dementia, she always recognized her family when they came to visit. Her sisters and brothers in TN shared loving comments passed on to her so she knew they were thinking of her. Her family and friends will miss her deeply but have comfort in knowing she will see Jesus in Heaven and will have everlasting salvation, eternal life and joy. Frances is gone but never forgotten. Forever loved and missed. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 Well done good and faithful servant. Enter into the Joy of the Lord. Matthew 25:21 I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalms 23.

Service Information

There will be a graveside service at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetary at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Frances Marie Gentry will be laid in a plot next to her beloved granddaughter, Suzie.


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