Frances O. Childers

Mrs. Frances O. Childers, 63, of Herrin, died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis.

She was born on Friday, Sept. 13, 1946, in Sumner County, Tenn., the daughter of Ruben and Pauline Sanders Carr.

She was the wife of Paul “Buddy” Childers. They were married on Feb. 14, 1976.

Surviving are four children, Randy and wife Mhel Samples of Williamsburg, Va., Teena and husband Lee Kirchner of Herrin, Paula and husband Kent Keller of Anna and Cathy and husband Tony Lythgoe of Princeton, Ind.; grandchildren, Ian and Desiree Samples, Jon and wife Kristy Bird of Herrin, Jeff and wife Sonya Bird of Belleville, Justin and wife Amanda Bird of Herrin, C.J. Kirchner of Herrin, Chelsea and Jennifer Keller of Anna and Logan and Taylor Lythgoe of Princeton, Ind.; six great-grandchildren, Gavin, Sebastian and Ariana Bird of Princeton, Ind., and Brandon, Andrew and Katelyn Bird of Belleville; four sisters, Lana Reach of Marion, Marilyn Sheppard of West Frankfort, Carolyn Carr of Indiana and Dorothy Carr of Edina, Mo.; three brothers, Buddy Carr of Florida, Rick Carr and Jarvis Carr, both of Edina, Mo.; and her mother, Pauline Neese of Edina, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her father; a sister, Joyce Covey; and a brother, James Carr.

Mrs. Childers had a special friend she traveled with, Micky Hentz of Marion. She also liked to read and play slot machines and Bunko.

She was retired from Franklin-Williamson County Substance Abuse Services.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, today, at Van Natta Funeral Home in Herrin with the Rev. Jeff Gee officiating. Interment will be in Herrin City Cemetery.

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