Frances passed from this life into the loving arms of Jesus on Friday, June 30, 2017. She was born in 1923 to Ruby Nolan and Clarence Dear of Largo, FL. While visiting Live Oak to visit with residing family members, she met Chandler Walker and they married in August 1939. They had four children: Carolyn, Barbara, Nick and Larry.
Along with her baby brother, Buddy 'James' Dear whom she considered a son after finishing raising him when her parents passed away, she always thought they were her greatest blessings from her Lord and Savior.
Divorced in 1955, she worked as a waitress at Sweetpeas, Kay's, and the Dixie Grill as she provided and cared for her children as a single mom. In 1966 she met and married Buford Melton, and moved to Titusville where Buford worked at the Cape. After retiring they moved back to Live Oak where she enjoyed working in her yard, doing crafts, reading, crocheting, completing find-a-word puzzles and going to church at Grace Lutheran Church in Live Oak. She was also a member of Tops Chapter 9798 for 14 years.
Her survivors include her daughter: Barbara (Jimmie) Walker Crain; son: Larry (Kaye) Walker; brother: Buddy (Iva Dean) Dear, 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents: Ruby and Clarence Dear; son: Nick Walker; daughter: Carolyn Walker Jones; grandson: Terry Jones; two brothers: Clarence Dear, Jr. and Robert Dear; sister: Geraldine Grippe. Funeral services were held at Grace Lutheran Church in Live Oak at 1:00 pm Wednesday, July 5, 2017 with Rev. Doug Priestap officiating. Interment followed in Live Oak Cemetery.
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Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Live Oak & Branford, FL in charge of arrangements.
Published on July 11, 2017