The Norman Transcript

March 13, 2014

Frances McCool Terry


The Norman Transcript

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.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles M. Terry; father, Richard M. McCool; mother, Betty Fulton McCool; sisters Elizabeth McCool Corrigan and Anne McCool Cobean; brother, Richard M. McCool Jr.; nephew, Richard McCool III; and daughter, Jean Terry Green.

Frances is survived by her daughter, Carol Terry Loomis and husband Daniel of El Dorado, Ark.; son, Thomas Terry and wife Lynn Bunnell of Chicago; son, John Terry and wife Linda Logan of Norman; grandchildren Rebecca (Beka) Terry Wyatt, David Price Terry, Tirzah Terry Rowland, Patrick Sean Loomis, Brian Terry Loomis, Aubrey Logan Terry, Vernon Charles Green and Braden Keith Green; great-grandchildren Wesley Johnson, Caleb Johnson, Carissa Johnson, Nathaniel Johnson and Anna Wyatt, Casey Loomis, Kathryn Loomis, Derek Loomis and Kameron Loomis, Katelyn Loomis, Taylor Loomis, Sarah Rowland and Emily Rowland; nieces and nephews Bets Corrigan Strohl, Jack Corrigan, Barbara Corrigan Musante, Thomas Corrigan, Carolyn McCool, John McCool, Linda Terry Thornton, Barbara Terry Noblin, Steve Terry, Debbie Terry Sims, Diane Terry Ardis, Liz Terry and Tiffany and Jim Terry.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Haiti Education Foundation, P.O. Box 10775, El Dorado AR 71730; or Smile Train, P.O. Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090-6231.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to friends and family who shared their time and love with Fran and to the staff of Rambling Oaks Assisted Living for the extraordinary care and affection they provided her during her final months. Fran will be missed but not forgotten.

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