Nanah Frances Cox Preddy

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Nanah Frances Cox Preddy was born March 3, 1929, in rural Barry County, the daughter of Frank and Nanah (Hopkins) Cox. She passed away Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Cassville Health and Rehabilitation. Frances' mother, Nanah, died after giving birth to Frances. Frances was raised by her maternal Grandmother, Jessie Hopkins, and joined a household with 12 children. Frances being the baby was raised by her many aunts and uncles. She attended rural schools throughout Southwest Missouri and graduated from Cassville High School in 1947. In 1953, she married Joseph Allen Preddy in Cassville, Missouri, where she resided the remainder of her life.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Allene Cook and Madge Bonvicin and a brother, Buford who died as an infant. Her husband Joe passed away in 2014. Surviving are her children, Annette Henderson of Cassville and Joseph Paul Preddy and his wife, Luann, of Barre Vermont; three grandchildren, Nanah Devon Forsythe and her husband Preston of Shell Knob, Missouri and Jake Ryan and Lauren Elizabeth Preddy of Barre, Vermont. Also surviving are her dear niece, Sue Scheurich and her husband Greg of Joplin, Missouri and nephew, Steve Bonvicin of San Diego, California. Additionally, many cousins and friends dot the countryside, too many to mention.

Frances worked in Cassville at various clerical jobs with one of her favorite being Culver Funeral Home which is now Fohn Funeral Home. She served in many capacities from bookkeeper to hearse driver, hairdresser to funeral singer. Frances volunteered all her life for organizations in this community. She delivered Meals on Wheels from 1974 to 2009 when her health kept her from the regular route.

As a member of the First Baptist Church of Cassville she attended services regularly. Joe was a Methodist and Frances was loyal to the Cassville United Methodist Church as well, serving as Sunday School Teacher and Choir Member for years. Frances and Joe attended both churches faithfully.

Besides her family the joy in her life was singing. She was a member of the Stamps Melody Girls Quartet and the Treble Tones Sextet. Frances sang solos in Church and for a multitude of weddings and funerals. Her idea of a great time was going to a Sundown to Sun-Up Gospel Singing.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cassville under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Pastor James Weaver will conduct the services.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Monday at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the choice of the contributor in honor of Frances.

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