Frances Louise Howell was born on January 19, 1932 to Nellie Ruby Bourassa and Ewing W.P.
Bourassa in Wanette, OK. Frances spent the first 10 years of her life in Asher, OK until her
mother and father divorced where she moved to Henryetta, OK with her mother.
In Henryetta, she met and married Omer Gene Smithson. They married in 1947 and had three
sons: Omer Gene Jr., Larry Eugene, and Jackie Ray (Jack). They divorced in 1961 and
Frances moved to Muskogee, OK with the boys.
In Muskogee Frances went to work at P&H Plumbing Supply until she married JB Pipkin (Pip) in
1964 and moved to Oklahoma City, OK. Frances went to work for the VA Hospital in Oklahoma
City and in 1971 transferred to Walla Walla, Washington VA Hospital. She and Pip divorced and she married Francis Walker (Dewey). Frances accepted a transfer to Tucson, Arizona and she and Dewey divorced. After a while in Tucson, she accepted a transfer to Tacoma, Washington VA. A couple of years later, she accepted a transfer to Big Spring, TX, where she met and married Bobby Howell. She separated from the VA for a couple of years and moved back to Asher where she opened the corner convenience store. The store closed after a few months and she went to Oklahoma City where she and Bobby worked for her son Jack at his wrecker service. After a few months Frances and Bobby returned to Texas where she went back to work for the VA at Temple, TX. Her final transfer with the VA was back to Big Spring, TX where she retired.
Upon the death of her husband, Frances moved to Tahlequah, OK to be close to her son Jack.
Frances was blessed with four grandchildren and one great grandson. She left this earth on
May 18, 2022, in Burleson, TX where she had been staying with her granddaughter, Tammy
Smithson, who had been taking care of her for the last few months.
Frances is preceded in death by her husband Bobby Howell, her parents Nellie Ruby Adams,
and Ewing W.P. Bourassa, her sister, Ruby Wallace, her brother, Leo Bourassa, sons, Omer
Gene Smithson, Jr, and Larry Eugene Smithson.
Frances is survived by her son, Jackie Ray (Jack) Smithson, three grandsons, Craig Eugene
Smithson, Michael Eugene Smithson, Jackie Ray Smithson, Jr. one granddaughter, Tammy Sue Smithson and one great grandson, Brayden Eugene Smithson.
Funeral Services are scheduled for 11:00 AM, Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Integrity Chapel with Wesley VanMeter, officiating. Services are under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
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