NORMAN — Frances McCool Terry, 88, of Norman, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014, at Rambling Oaks Assisted Living in Norman.
A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 24, at 419 S. University Blvd. in Norman, with Rev. Cal Brannon of McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church officiating.
Frances M. Terry was born Sept. 19, 1925, in Tishomingo to Richard Miles and Betty Fulton McCool but spent the majority of her life in Norman. She went to high school at both University High School and Norman High School and graduated in 1943. She went on to earn an undergraduate degree in social work and later a master’s degree in education from the University of Oklahoma. She married Charles Millard Terry on May 11, 1946, and they traveled the world as a military family with their four children. Fran worked for many years as an educator and was the beloved principal of Kennedy Elementary School in Norman from 1970 until she retired in 1982. She enjoyed playing golf in her younger years, singing in the choir and was an active bridge, Ma Jong and Scrabble player. Fran loved to read and was fascinated by history. She and Charles traveled extensively, both nationally and internationally, in retirement and were avid Sooner fans. Fran enjoyed her annual stint reading books to pre-school- and elementary-age children as the “Pumpkin Lady” during Halloween at McFarlin Church, where she was a longtime member. She was a leader in the Norman community, and she was involved in the Norman Historical Society.
Due to health problems, Fran lived with daughter, Carol, and her husband, Dan Loomis, in El Dorado, Ark., from 2005 until July 2013. While there, she was very active in the church where Dan is pastor. Fran played bridge with a small group she started there and taught Bible studies to her Women’s Circle for a year. She also was popular with the kids for her children’s sermons. Fran donated to many charities, including a number of historical museums such as the Smithsonian, Gettysburg, Williamsburg and the WWII Museum.