1916 – 2019
Mrs. Mary Frances Noblitt Stokely, 102, of Navasota, passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, at her home. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at Field Store Cemetery in Waller, Texas. The Rev. Amy Haralson was the officiant. Arrangements were under the direction of Nobles Funeral Chapel.
Mrs. Stokely was born May 7, 1916, in Trinity, Texas, to John and Naomi (Ramey) Noblitt. She attended school in Trinity and played basketball throughout her high school years. After graduation, Mary Frances furthered her education in the nursing field and obtained her R.N. She worked as a school nurse throughout her life. She married William P. Stokely and raised a daughter, Frances Jane. Mary was a gentle, soft spoken woman with strong convictions. She was a devoted wife and mother and terrific friend. Aside from nursing, Mary Frances also volunteered as a Pink Lady at local hospitals. An accomplished seamstress, she created dolls, quilts and clothing for her family. Spending time tending her vegetable and flower gardens, when she was younger, gave her immense joy. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, Garden Club, VFW Auxillary, Home Demonstration Club and Retired SRS Volunteer Club of the Brazos Valley.
Mary Frances is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Frances Jane and Larry Tinney of Navasota; two grandchildren, Devin Andrew Tinney and David Stokely Tinney; four great-grandchildren, Raeanna Tinney, Carter Stokely Tinney, David Andrew Tinney and Hannah Naomi Tinney nieces Carolyn Carter and Amy Haralson; and nephews Michael Rutherford, Kenneth Meyers and John Meyers.
Serving as pallbearers were Marshall Calhoun Jr., Desmond Calhoun, Arthur Holiday, Devin Andrew Tinney, David Stokely Tinney and Jay Haralson. Honorary bearers included Walt Haralson and Dennis Saathoff.
Mrs. Stokely was preceded in death by her parents and husband, William P. Stokely.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in her name to Hospice Brazos Valley, 302 E. Blue Bell Road, Brenham, TX 77833.
You are invited to leave kind words and fond memories at www.noblesfuneral.com.