Frances Sealy Heslep, 78, of Abilene, passed away Saturday, November 12, 2011, at Hendrick Hospice Care. Graveside services were held at 2:00pm Monday, November 14, 2011, at the Putnam Cemetery. Rev. Price Mathieson and Chuck Hutchins officiated. The family received friends from 11:00am to 12:30pm, prior to the graveside service, at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Frances was born in McCullough County on July 27, 1933, to Frank and Ida E. (Hamilton) Crow. She graduated from Blanco High School. In 1951, she moved from Blanco to Abilene where she began nursing school at Hendrick Medical Center and received her RN Degree. During her time at Hendrick, she worked for many years on the Orthopedic floor. After retiring from Hendrick in 1982, Frances then worked at Coronado Nursing Home. She was also a caregiver for Dr. Carlton Hodges for a number of years before retiring in 1999. Frances was a member of University Baptist Church in Abilene.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Borden Heslep, Jr. on April 2, 1999. Frances is survived by two sons, Gary Heslep and wife Melanie of Abilene, John Heslep and wife Pamela of Trenton; one daughter, Burgess Thomas and husband Leslie of Abilene; two sisters, Judie Beth Doggette of Summerville, South Carolina, and Wanda Ray Palmer of San Antonio; three nephews, Keith Palmer of Oak Point, Kevin Palmer of San Antonio and Lance Doggette of South Carolina; one niece Brenda Green, also of South Carolina; three grandchildren, Jeffrey Thomas Heslep of Round Rock, Ryan James Heslep of Abilene, and Sean Lucas Heslep of Montgomery Alabama. Other family includes Bob Hutchins, Veriena Braune, their families, and all the extended family who have known her as Mama.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in honor of Frances to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 903, Abilene, TX 79604; or Hendrick Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1922, Abilene, TX 79604.