Frances Ann “Gruffy” Saunders, 73, entered into rest on Sunday, September 9, 2018, in Roswell, New Mexico. A Graveside Service will be held at South Park Cemetery on Monday, September 17, 2018, 11:00 AM. Nolan Frederick will be officiating.
On October 12, 1944, Frances was born to Samuel Virgil Jones and Agnes Mae Snell in Carrizozo, New Mexico. She married Henry Mark Saunders on February 2, 1963, in Lordsburg, New Mexico. Frances worked as a legal clerk at the Roswell Daily Record. She enjoyed crocheting, jigsaw puzzles, playing games with family, and watching her favorite television shows. Frances liked listening to music and dancing. She wanted to be called “Gruffy” by her grandchildren and it stuck very well. Frances’ greatest joy in life was spending time with her granddaughters. She was an amazing storyteller that kept her family entertained with plenty of stories. Some of the things Frances loved most, were caring for all of her family and birds, especially hummingbirds, babies, and animals. She was a woman full of love, who never met a stranger. One of Frances’ favorite snacks was popcorn with the hottest salsa you can find. She loved the Artesia Bulldogs and was a lifelong fan. Go Dawgs! A few of Frances’ interests outside of family were working in the garden, with snapdragons as her favorite flower, and going for walks. She was hard to beat at Billiards, Yahtzee, and Farkle. We are all going to miss her beyond comprehension and feel lucky to have had the chance to even know her. Frances was a beacon of unconditional love and acceptance.
Those left to eternally treasure and cherish memories of Frances are her sons, Darron Saunders (Staci Saunders) and Steve Saunders (Terri Raney); daughter, Shawn Saunders (Brian Roach); thirteen foster children (over the span of three years); grandchildren: Summer Saunders, Matthew Bruce (Rissa), Jazmyn Mayorga, Jiada Mayorga; great-grandchildren: Emerald Early, Jackson Bruce, Brileigh Bruce, Reagan Bruce; siblings: Pearl Cheney, Shorty Jones, Corky Stahl, Doodle Hatch, Sam Jones, Roy Jones, Clyde Jones; numerous nieces and nephews; and beloved pet, Pretty Bird.
Preceding Frances in death were her children, Haley Rene Saunders, and Sandra Kay Saunders; parents: Samuel Virgil Jones and Agnes May Jones-Snell; grandparents: Daniel Oscar (Dugout) Jones and Mattie Jones and Buddy and Pearl Snell; sisters, Vada Marie Armstrong and Della Mae Harcrow; nieces and nephews: Paul Scott Hatch, Kenneth Lee Harcrow, and Alan Jones; and loving pets: Dolly, Vou Vou, Missy, Yancy, and Tillie; and precious bird, JJ.