Commer, Frankey L.

April 30, 1932 - November 6, 2016

Frankey Lee Waggoner Commer

She did not want an obituary.

Frankey Waggoner Commer loved every earthly day of her life, which ended November 6, 2016. She and her five siblings were raised by loving parents on a small working farm in Amity, Arkansas. After leaving home, she completed Nursing School and earned the highest certification scores in her State.

In her final semester, she was immunized for tuberculosis and contracted the disease. She spent the better part of her next two years in the State Tuberculin Sanatorium; these were also her first two years as a Nurse and as a Methodist Minister’s wife. She would occasionally enjoy farm-fried okra brought to her on the rare visit from her mother, who was still working as a full-time school teacher several hours from the hospital.  Even though surrounded by illness and death, Frankey knew in her heart that she would leave the sanatorium to have a life and a family— and she did.

Frankey went on to endure the transience of being married to a minister –and—she somehow survived the chaotic upbringing of three sons, each of whom she brought into the World against the advice of doctors. Also dedicated to her nursing career, she served doctors and hospitals for more than 30 years before spending a decade as an inner-city school nurse working with teenagers.

She grieved the passing of her life partner and husband, William J. Commer, in March of 1998 after 45 years of marriage. In the years following her husband’s death, she faced and survived several of her own health-related “bumps in the road.”

She loved and celebrated her children, her daughters-in-law, and the families and extended families that grew—Frankey experienced a deep fulfillment in her own life through each of theirs. Her five grandchildren were the frosting on life’s cake and her great-granddaughter, Harper, has been the cherry on top for Frankey’s final two years.

Without question, Frankey’s love of life extended unbounded and far beyond her love of family. Her love of community, friends, and, especially, her Church were infinite and inspiring. Throughout her fulfilling life, she made and maintained connections with an extended Church Family network of her personal design. None can know the full extent of this network, but each who belonged knew and shared a special place in the heart of this unique individual.

Frankey did not want an obituary—her life was simply never about death.

On November 19 and at 10:30 AM, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Plano will host a celebration of Frankey’s life. In lieu of flowers, Frankey asked that donations be offered to The Endowment Fund St. Andrew United Methodist Church or to The Dr. and Mrs. Commer Endowment Fund in Theology at SMU’s Perkins School.

For more information about these funds, the links are included below:…/SupportTheCampaign/Endowment

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252


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