Frances Marie Pinas

1925 - 2012

Frances Marie Marshall Pinas, formerly of Justice and Chicago, Ill., a retired nurse born in Walla Walla, Oct. 12, 1925, to Joe and Nellie Marshall, died Dec. 5, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; son, Robert four brothers; and two sisters. She is survived by a son, Dr. Gerald J. Pinas; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and cherished friends.

Frances grew up in College Place, loving and attending schools in Walla Walla plus nurses’ training where she met and married Frank when he was stationed there in the Air Force during World War II. They were married for 66 years when he passed away in 2011.
They moved to Chicago in 1946 where they worked, lived and raised their two sons in the Berwyn and LaGrange areas. They also lived in Irvine, Calif., for 10 years before returning to the LaGrange area after her husband had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Frances was an avid volunteer for Hospice Care, Meals on Wheels, St. Blasé Choir, Ladies Club, and the Rosary Hill Nursing Home as well as counting the weekly collections at church. Frances was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Summit American Legion Auxiliary and a Minister of Care at St. Blasé. She was a devoted volunteer for anyone needing her and was also the primary caregiver to her husband for the nearly 20 years he suffered from Alzheimer’s.

Frances and Frank moved to Allen, Texas, in 2008 to be near their son, Robert, due to the health issues they both faced. Robert was a caregiver to both of them until his death in 2011.
She is to be cremated and her ashes placed in the Columbarium at St. Jude Catholic Church in Allen, Texas after a memorial service. She will join her husband and son, Robert, who are also interred at St. Jude. Remembrances of her and her life at Masses are appreciated. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Rosary Hill Nuns in Minooka, Illinois, St. Jude Catholic Church, St. Blasé Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19, at St. Jude Catholic Church, 1515 N. Greenville, Ave., Allen, Texas 75002. Arrangements are under the direction of Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, Allen, Texas.

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