Obituary published Jan. 28, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger
Frances Louise Gentry, 65, of Montgomery City, passed away at 3:45 p.m., Thursday, January 24, 2013 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Gentry was a strong and courageous woman giving it her all as she faced her battle with cancer for almost 5 years.
Funeral services were held today, at 10:00 a.m., Monday, Jan. 28th at the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville. Rev. Van Williams officiated.
Burial was in the Wellsville Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Casey Poindexter, Lukas Poindexter, Cole Schmidt, David Smith, Ronnie Ferrell and Tom Powell. Honorary pallbearers were Lorne Poindexter and Kenley Schmidt.
Visitation was held from 2:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 27th at the funeral home.
Mrs. Gentry was born October 18, 1947, in Martinsburg, Missouri, a daughter of Leslie Sylvester and Maudlene Elizabeth Stuart Smith.
On January 4, 1964, in Mexico, Missouri, she married Billy Joe Gentry, Sr., sharing over 49 years together.
Frances was a custodian for over 18 years in the Montgomery County Elementary, Montgomery County High School, New Florence Elementary and Jonesburg Elementary Schools. Frances enjoyed her job because she loved each and every child that she interacted with. Putting in extra hours at work many days, the kids around the school system grew to know her very well and would see her outside of work and always come talk to "Mrs. Frances."
She was a very active member of the Montgomery County Relay for Life Team, "Tailgaters," always ready to find a cure for cancer. Frances enjoyed her time as a member with the Hermann Rough Riders Saddle Club, where she was able to travel to Arkansas, Colorado and Wyoming, taking her horse and going on trail rides up in the mountains. She was also a member of the Montgomery County Saddle Club.
Frances was very fond of horses, especially her horse "Shamrock," enjoying all the time she got to ride him. She also liked sewing. Her time with her grandchildren was special and she loved spending time with them and watching them grow up.
Frances is survived by her husband, Billy Joe Gentry, Sr., of the home in Montgomery City; two daughters, Tonya Renee Poindexter and husband, Lorne, of Montgomery City and Melissa Ann Gentry and Kenley Schmidt, of Montgomery City; four grandchildren, Casey Lee Poindexter, Lukas Don Poindexter, Cole Jacob Schmidt and Makenna Jo Schmidt, all of Montgomery City; brother and sister-in-law, Lester Eugene and Sandra Smith, of Montgomery City; step-sister, Reta Dean Burch and husband, Gene, of Wellsville; brother-in-law, Wesley Angel, of Wellville; sister-in-law, Maggie Smith, of Montgomery City; in addition to several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Jimmy Joe Gentry and Billy Joe Gentry, Jr.; step-mother, Melvia Pearl Smith; brother, Robert Joseph Smith; sister, Darlene Elizabeth Angel; half-brother, Loyd Sylvester Smith, Sr. and two half-sisters, Leta May Willis and Louella Grimwood,
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Montgomery County Relay for Life Team, "Tailgaters" or Helen Reagan Cancer Fund c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, Missouri 63384.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.myersfuneralhome.biz.