Frances Ragan Riley
Funeral Date: 3/13/2018

Frances Ragan Riley age 87, died Saturday, March 10th at Chapel Woods Nursing Home in Warren. She was born March 21st, 1930, in Pine Bluff, AR a daughter of the late Herbert Ragan and Sybil Helton Ragan. She was employed with South Western Bell Telephone for 10 years, was a homemaker and tomato farmer, a member of First Baptist Church and retired from Martins Brothers Department Store with 20 years of service. She was also preceded in death by her husband Leland T. Riley whom she married November 1st, 1946 and he died July 31st, 1992. A son Ricky Riley, a daughter in law Joyce Outlaw Riley, a son in law Bobby Saunders, brothers Herbert Ragan, Jr. and Johnny Ragan and a grandson in law Roy Sisson also proceeded her in death. Frances Riley went to be with her Lord on Saturday afternoon, surrounded by many who she had loved and cared for throughout her precious life. She was such a special lady while on this earth. She loved her Lord Jesus, she loved Leland Riley and she loved her family. She was an active member of the body of Christ. One area of ministry was teaching the 3rd grade Sunday School class at First Baptist Church which she did for over thirty years. She told Bible stories and shared the gospel with many. She was a true prayer warrior, praying with and for many of her children, grandchildren and other loved ones throughout her days. She often was so encouraging with timely words shared in the cards that she would send. She was an amazing cook and hostess and passed that skill and love down to her daughters. Seldom was a hair out of place, whether at Church or in the tomato field. She ran the pruning and tying operation in late spring and the grading and packing in June and July and she did it well. Amidst all of her goodness, she struggled at times with the concept of this amazing grace that covers all of our sin. She struggles no more. For what we see in a mirror dimly, she sees face to face. What we know in part, she now knows fully. Survivors are 3 daughters Sandra Saunders Barnett and Jimmy, New Edinburg, AR, Pat Bolland and Jud, Warren, AR and Marsha Berry and Phil, Warren, AR. A daughter in law Marilyn Riley, Hermitage, AR. A half-brother Mike Ragan, Rolling Fork, NC, and a sister in law Ruth Ragan, Little Rock, AR. 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were 2:00PM Tuesday, March 13th at Frazerís Funeral Home with Rev. Dwayne Ashcraft officiating and Tracy Saunders speaking. Linda Barrett was organist and Russell Rhoden was soloist. Active pallbearers Tracy Saunders, Clay Saunders, Mark Berry, Jason Riley, Josh Dickenson and Ben Floyd. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery by Frazerís.



Name: John Moseley
Message: Sandra Marsha and family. I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a sweet sweet lady.

Name: Ronald And Teresa Hays
Message: She is at peace

Name: Bonnie Wood
Message: My mother, Eveyln Jennings and I will truely miss Ms. Francis. She was so good to Mom and was a great roommate. You all have our hearfelt condolences and prayers.

Name: Ricky Green
Message: Prayers for healing hearts.

Name: Jimmy & Emily Moseley
Message: Was so sorry to hear about your Mom. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Name: Mary Ann Rauls McDougald
Message: Praying for you all Marsha. Your Mother was a wonderful person. May God bless you all.

Name: Klay & LaWanda McKinney

Name: Mike Berry

Name: Rhonda and Gary Simmons
Message: Marsha, Sandra and family, We were so sorry to hear about Ms. Frances. May God comfort you during the days ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Name: Jerry and Kackie Johnson

Name: Eddie & Vicki Groves

Name: Donna Craig McDougald
Message: So very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Frances was a beautiful Lady inside and out. She will be missed by many. Prayers for the family

Name: Danny and Brenda Adair
Message: Prayers for the family. Sorry for your loss.

Name: Julia Ferrell Harris
Message: I was one of the fortunate ones who was blessed to have been loved by Mrs. Frances. She was a Godly woman who loved her SS kids. There will be many in heaven because of love and teachings. Thank you, Mrs. Frances, for giving of yourself to so many of us.

Name: James Wright
Message: Remembering your family in prayer during this most difficult time.

Name: Hugh and Brenda Quimby
Message: Know you all will miss this special lady. She was always friendly and kind to everyone.

Name: Ava Cantrell

Name: Kenny & Tammy Hensley

Name: Kaye Henry
Message: So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.