Francine Earline Childers 1939-2022

October 26, 2022

Duncan: Frances Earline Childers, 83, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022 in Duncan. Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, at the Chisholm Trail Church of Christ, with Leonard Keele officiating.

Burial will be in the Resthaven Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City under the direction of CallawaySmith-Cobb Funeral and Cremation Services in Marlow.

Visitation was at the funeral home Thursday, Oct. 13, 5:00-8:30 PM, and Friday, 8:30 AM - 8:30 PM. The family accepted visitors at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6-8 PM.

Earline was born Thursday, April 6, 1939 in Lawrence County, TN, to Earl Scott and Roxie (Carden)Heatherly. She was a graduate of Summertown High School and later

earned a Business Certificate at Freed Hardeman College. Earline married the love of her life, Ernest L. Childers, April 22, 1966 in Lawrenceburg, TN. She and Ernest celebrated 25

wonderful years of marriage before he preceded her in death on April 3, 1992. Earline left Tennessee in 1959 moving to Huntsville, AL. She resided in Alabama until moving to Oklahoma City in 1966.

In 2011, Earline relocated to Duncan and lived there until her passing. She was baptized at the age of 16 and remained an active member of the Church of Christ for the rest of her life and was a long-time and current member of the Chisholm Trail Church of Christ. She was a member of many clubs and organizations including NARFE, WOW, and Kindred Community. Earline enjoyed bird watching, gardening, and traveling. She loved her family more than words could ever say and cherished any time spent with them. Earline will be deeply missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Gina Van Buskirk and husband Phil of Marlow, and Heather Lobaugh of Edmond; 5 grandchildren, Jordan Van Buskirk and wife Kaitlin, Aubrey Smith and husband Kreig, Hannah Lobaugh, Parker Van Buskirk, and Mary Lobaugh; 2 great-grandchildren, Judah and Jane Van Buskirk; brother, James Earl Heatherly and wife Kathryn, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Pallbearers will be: Phil Van Buskirk, Jordan Van Buskirk, Parker Van Buskirk, Jeff Heatherly, Greg Heatherly, and Phillip Heatherly.

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Published in The Marlow Review | October 27, 2022

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