Mary “Frances” Durst, of Mason, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, in San Antonio following a bout with pneumonia.
She was born June 30, 1924, in Rosebud, Texas, the second child to Hubert Greenual Johnson and Angie Reagan Johnson. The family was living in London, Texas, when she met her future husband, Homer Durst, and they were married August 31, 1940. Frances went to live with her parents in Junction when Homer entered the Army in 1943, but followed him to various posts in Oklahoma, Louisiana and California during his training and following his return from Germany.
Frances worked for a time for a jeweler in Junction, and after moving to Mason, spent a number of years working for successive doctors at the Mason Clinic. Frances and Homer also managed the Montgomery Ward outlet in Mason.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Homer Durst, in February 2004 and is survived by a sister, Gloria Tyner of Kerrville; a son, David Durst, daughter-in-law Karla and granddaughter Michala of San Antonio; nephew Hugh Tollett of Canton; niece Pat Taylor of Kerrville and great-nieces Emily and Cori.
Funeral services for Mary Frances Durst were held Saturday, May 9, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. graveside at Gooch Cemetery. Visitation with the family was Friday, May 8, 2009, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home.
To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me
When I am gone, release me, let go. I have so many things to see and do. You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears, be happy that we had so many years.
I gave you my love; you can only guess how much you gave to me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown, but now it’s time I traveled alone.
So grieve a while for me if you must, then let your grief be comforted by trust. It’s only for a while that we must part, so keep the memories within your heart. I won’t be far away for life goes on.
So if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near.
And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear all my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way, I’ll greet you with a smile, and say “WELCOME HOME.”