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Francille Marie Melton Martin (Mrs. Travis L. Martin) died Thursday, February 23, in her home of 62 years.

In one last tribute to her life, Francille's graveside services will be held Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. at Shamrock Cemetery, with Brother Mich Dershem, pastor, Fellowship Baptist Church officiating. The family suggests memorials be made to Judith Karman Bristol Hospice or Yale Senior Citizens Center.

Arrangements are under the direction of Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Yale, Oklahoma.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at Palmer Marler Funeral Home in Yale.

She was born September 29, 1924 to Jennie Lee (Browder) and Esther "Ed" Warren Melton, Francille's early years were spent in Shamrock, Oklahoma. Francille graduated from Shamrock High School excelling as a student and athlete, then left to attend Tulsa Business College.

On October 10, 1942 Francille began 68 years of marriage to her high school sweetheart, Travis who preceded her in death on November 28, 2010.
Francille and Travis spent the early years of marriage living in Drumright, and it was here they began a family. In 1952 they moved to Yale where they began their years of family and community living.
Francille's greatest love was her faith, family and friends. She was one of those special Mothers who always found time to be involved with her children and their school activities. Francille was Mother Advisor for the Order of Rainbow Girls for nine years, shared her talent for cake baking/ decorating for many weddings, birthdays, and other special occasions and spent 13 years providing meals and banquets for Yale Schools as Dietician Coordinator. She was instrumental and a tireless worker establishing Yale's Senior Citizen Center, where she and Travis enjoyed daily lunches and fellowship. Her love for First Baptist Church found Francille assisting and leading in Vacation Bible Schools, trips to Falls Creek, Women's Missionary Union and she taught the Ruth Class for many years.

Francille and Travis were blessed with four children, three daughters and a son; Alice lee and Ronnie Williams of Grand Prairie, Texas, Norma Sue and David Joe Talbott of Odessa, Texas, Linda Kay Simon of Yale, Oklahoma and Travis Jr. preceded her in death in 1995. She is also survived by her sister, Emma Lee Melton Bankhead and husband Jim of Muskogee, Oklahoma. The Martin grandchildren, Rod, Garrett, Tamra, Rick, Joshua, Savanah, Christy and Tracy and great-grandchildren, Tiffany, Chris, Tyler, Tyce, Paityn, Daygan, Kayne, Huston, Lindsay, Mason, Olivia, Makinze, Nia, Seth Ray, Jaya and great-great granddaughter, Sophia, were always a source of pride and joy to Grandma Martin.

In addition to her parents and son, she was predeceased by her brothers, James David and Eddie Warren Melton, sisters, Georgia Sarah Fountain and Ruby Lou Molleur and grandson, Mike Williams.
All in all, quite a life spent on this earthly planet, and she closed out her life surrounded by the ones she nurtured and loved. At the end, you can be sure that her glowing, fervent loving soul surely was awakening in eager joy upon some other dawn.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for all of the wonderful care given to Francille by the employees of Genesis Home Health, Judith Karman Bristol Hospice and special friend, Cherry Ann Jester Galvan.

Condolences and online guest book are available at www.palmermarlerfh.com
Published on February 24, 2017
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