Frances Melissa Payne Shewmake passed away Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.
Mrs. Shewmake was born Nov. 17, 1921, in Royse City, the youngest of 10 children. She graduated from Rockwall High School. Frances made a wonderful home for her husband, children and grandchildren and was active in their school activities, teaching Sunday school, and providing warm and wonderful holiday dinners prepared solely by her well into her 80s. She was a member of the "the greatest generation" and contributed to the war effort in the early '40s by building airplanes at Consolidated in Fort Worth which is now Lockheed Martin. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Granbury before moving to Dallas.
Mrs. Shewmake was preceded in death by her parents, James David and Sarah Patton Payne of Rockwall; her husband of 64 years, Joseph William Shewmake; sisters Mae McCreary, Dollie Lancaster, Pearl McCreary, Mable Youngblood, Mildred Rodgers, and Lois Morgan; and brothers JD Payne Jr., Elmer Payne, and James Weldon Payne.
Survivors include her daughter, Glenda Hill and husband Pete of Dallas; son Dr. Roger Shewmake and wife Rita of Haslet; grandchildren Cynthia Looney and husband Jay of Dallas, Clay Hill and wife Dawn of Dallas, Sarah Henry and husband Todd of Dallas and David Shewmake of Archer City; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She will be sorely missed by her family.
Graveside service is 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26, at Rockwall Memorial Cemetery. Greenwood Funeral Home of Fort Worth is in charge of arrangements.
Published on October 25, 2017