Frances Artive Homrighaus, 90, passed gently into the arms of her Heavenly Father on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Gulf Health Care Center. Born April 15, 1923, in Abbeville, Louisiana, Frances attended Ball High School where she met her prince charming, Henry, with whom she enjoyed 71 years of marriage and gave birth to eight sons. She repeatedly told everyone how handsome he was, and that he was the love of her life. Over the years Frances worked at Todd’s Shipyards, Lipton Tea and in the admittance office at St. Mary’s Hospital until her retirement. She was a frequent volunteer in the schools her children attended, supported the school functions and was an ardent catholic her entire life. Frances practiced what Jesus preached as she always had a succession of individuals and families that she helped by cooking, attending the sick, educating, buying the groceries, providing transportation to doctors and shopping, and finally arranging the funerals and burials when they could not afford it, out of her “emergency fund,” as she deemed it.
Frances is preceded in death by four of her sons: Gerald Dennis, Martin Dee, Robert Lee and Ronnie Lee Homrighaus; her parents, Arthie & Martine Henry; brothers, Warren Henry & Dennis Henry; and her sister, May Yelton.
She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Henry L. Homrighaus, Sr.; sons, Henry L., Jr., George Edward, Christopher Michael (Chris) and wife, Carol, and Thomas John (Tommy) Homrighaus; grandchildren: Henry L. III, Jason, Stephen, Corinna, Amber Booth, Heidi and Jackson Robert Homrighaus. She is also blessed with many great-grandchildren. Frances has one surviving sister, Esther Prince of Port Arthur, Texas and many nephews & nieces.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 pm, Tuesday, April 8th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 31st & Broadway, with a rosary at 6:00 pm, led by Deacon John Pistone.
The funeral mass will be at 10:30 am, Wednesday, April 9th, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 35th & Broadway, with interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery. A reception for family and friends will follow at St. Patrick’s in the school auditorium.
Pallbearers will be sons Henry L., Christopher M., Thomas J, grandsons Henry III, Jason L. and Stephen M. Homrighaus; son George E. Homrighaus will be an honorary pallbearer.