Frances Murphree

July 26, 1923 — January 24, 2017

Frances Murphree


Frances Irene (Rinehart) Murphree, 93, of Denton, Texas passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at a local care facility in Denton. Funeral Services will be held 10 AM on Saturday January 28, 2017, at Krestridge Funeral Home, 505 Austin St., Levelland, TX 79336. Interment will follow at Terry County Memorial Cemetery in Brownfield, TX.

Known to everyone as Fran or Nanny, she was born to Joe and Sallie Rinehart on July 26, 1923 in Minter (Lamar County), TX. Fran grew up with four sisters in Bogota, TX where she finished the tenth grade. She married J.T. Murphree on January 11, 1940 in Hagensport (Franklin County), TX. Her children, Sue and Larry, were the joy of her life, as were her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

In the food and restaurant industry for over 40 years, Fran owned and operated the Shamrock Café in Lovington, NM for over 20 years. She had a certain dress code for her waitresses and at times would send them home to change. Fran employed many young people in Lovington. She was a second mother to them as she loved them and taught them about life. They always knew Fran cared about them, even when she hollered at them, and several kept in touch over the years, especially Billy Bell, Tinka Sneed and Carey Jeter. Carey came to see her recently and brought her a wonderful meal from Red Lobster. He always remembered her birthday and Billy Bell came by to see her as often as he could. They were two young men that loved her very much. Fran was a hard worker. The Shamrock was a 24 hour restaurant and that sometimes resulted in her working the full 24 hours. We think her hard work and long hours resulted in the stroke she suffered in 1991. She always laughed about the story of when the doctor came out to tell us she had suffered a stroke and Fran had lost her short term memory. JT sat there a little while and said if she had to lose part of her memory why couldn't it have been long term so she wouldn't remind him of all the things he had done! They moved to Brownfield to be near doctors in Lubbock and she got to spend time with her sisters Bonnie and Bo. Having lost the majority of use of her left arm and hand, she did embroidery for years and loved giving her pieces as Christmas gifts. She moved to Plains, TX in 1997 after JT's passing, and later to Sanger, TX with Larry and Ruth in 2005. When she moved to the nursing home, she enjoyed bingo and coloring, even winning several coloring contests.

The last year of her life she was so excited to vote for Tracy, her grandson, for Denton County Sheriff. This was an effort as she was always a die-hard Democrat and this required her to vote Republican. In October, she got to spend a week with Sue and in December her granddaughter Sherri and her family came to visit after Christmas. Her family was her life and all she ever wanted was for them to love each other.

Fran is preceded in death by her parents Joe and Sallie Rinehart; husband, JT Murphree; son, Gary Quinn; sisters, Mildred, Bonnie, Bo and Robbie; son-in law, Bill Reese; nephew, Glynn Scott; grandchildren, Terri Lynn and Kristi Michelle Murphree, Vikki Dene (Reese) Carpenter and granddaughter- law, Candace Murphree.

Those left honor and cherish her memory include daughter, Sue (Murphree) Reese of Dora, NM; son, Larry and wife Ruth (Hinkle) Murphree of Sanger, TX; grandchildren, Sherri (Reese) and husband Gary Gibbs of Clovis, NM, Tracy Quinn Murphree of Sanger, TX; great-granchildren, Gary Gene and wife Hailey Gibbs of Burleson, TX, Laci (Carpenter) and husband Chase Pate of Amarillo, TX, Averi (Wilkerson) Garlick and husband Rusty of Kerrville, TX, Justin and wife Brittany Gibbs of Clayton, NM, Caden, Collin, Emma and Conner Murphree of Sanger, TX; great- great grandchildren, Trey, Hailey, Rayne and Vander Gibbs, Elizabeth Pate of Amarillo, Rayleen, Cris, Cody and Kandiz Garlick of Kerrville, TX, Abigail and Desirea Young (Gibbs) of Clayton, NM; nephews, Joe Scott, Neal Davis; and niece, Jackie Sisson.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Krestridge Funeral Home. (806) 897-1111

Service Schedule

Funeral Service
Krestridge Funeral Home
505 Austin Street
Levelland, TX  79336
Saturday, January 28, 2017
10 AM
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Burial Schedule

Terry County Memorial Cemetery
Brownfield, TX  79316
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