SPRINGTOWN — Frances Roden Standifer, 92, passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2008.

Frances Jane Roden Standifer was born on Dec. 21, 1915, in Spring Town, a suburb of Glen Rose, in Somervell County. She was the second of six surviving children born to Allie Benson and Arthur Hayes Roden.

She graduated from Glen Rose High School in 1933 as valedictorian of her class and with a basketball record of most baskets made in her division, a record which might still be unmatched.

She attended Southern Methodist University, though her siblings attended the University of Texas, and dropped out her junior year to marry Lacy Collin Standifer, a Perkins School of Theology graduate, whom she met under a pecan tree in the front yard of the First Methodist Church in Glen Rose. They were married on March 1, 1936, at her home in Glen Rose - on her parents’ 28th wedding anniversary. Her father, a good Primitive Baptist, sat out her service shooting crows in the pasture because his daughter was marrying a Methodist minister. Thus began a 68-year partnership in itinerant Methodist ministry. She finished her degree in 1951, with a B.A. in English and Education at the University of Houston and went on to earn her M.S.S.W. in social work at the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 1966.

During the 50’s, she taught English in the Junior High and High School in Larned, Kan. During this time she also served as the Youth Director at Larned Methodist Church. In 1957, she began her career as Director of Social services in institutions in Abilene, Denton and Richmond.

The Standifers moved to Odessa in 1971, where Frances was very active at First United Methodist Church.

At the time of her death, she was engaged in editing a history of First United Methodist Church in Odessa, beginning with the arrival of Francis Asbury in the colonies, which she had carefully researched and written.

Frances was a gentle and loving a mother and grandmother as could be wished for. Our hearts are better for our days spent in her presence.

Survivors include brother, Bill Roden and wife, Mariam, of Kerrville; sister-in-law, Jan Roden of Odessa; children, Bob and John Standifer of Odessa and Alison Hardwick of Port Republic, Va.; five grandchildren, Kevin Hardwick of Harrisonburg, Va., Cary Hardwick of Turners Falls, Mass., Alison Standifer of Houston, Lacy Penny of Surnter, S.C. and Laurie Terrell of Portales, N.M.; and six great-grandchildren, Ellie and Cary Hardwick, Reed and Tripp Terrell, and Amos and Silas Koyoma.

Published May 15, 2008 – Glen Rose Reporter