Frances Elkins

Frances Elkins was born in Monahans Texas on January 18, 1935 to Thelma and Buster Williams.   As a young child the family moved from West Texas to the Rio Grande Valley. Frances was a graduate of Harlingen High School and attended a Vocational College in Harlingen receiving her degree in Business.

During this time she met a young Air Force officer, William Jerry Elkins, who was stationed at the Harlingen Air Base. Frances and Jerry were married on July 10, 1954. Frances and Jerry had four sons: Scott, Craig, Steve and Lee. Frances worked and raised a family while putting Jerry through Medical School in Tennessee. Frances and Jerry returned to the Valley and settled in Harlingen again where she was busy with raising four sons, volunteering in the Junior League, and becoming a Realtor. After fourteen years in Harlingen the family moved to Denison Texas to raise Appaloosa horses. Frances was very active in raising the horses and loved the outdoor life.

Frances often said the only way she would ever have a daughter was by marriage. Frances was blessed with four daughters through marriage, Karen, Rosa, Bobbie, Julie, and two grand-daughters-in-laws, Cindy and Mandy. Frances loved her son’s wives as her own daughters that she never had.

Frances is survived by her husband of 60 years, Dr. William Jerry Elkins; her sons: Scott and Karen Elkins; Craig Elkins; Steve and Bobbie Elkins; Lee and Julie Elkins: Her grandchildren, Justin, his wife Mandy; Chad, his wife Cindy; Shawn, Jeremy, Ryan, Craig, Loren, and Alison; and three great-grandchildren, Cody, Tyler and Blake.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Thelma and Buster Williams and daughter-in-law Rosa Domit Elkins.

The family would like to thank the Family (Encompass) Hospice for the love and care they showed our wife and mother. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Family (Encompass) Hospice or a charity of your choosing.

Frances was a wonderful wife, a fantastic mother, a good friend to many, and will be missed.


  1. Dr. Elkins, Scott, Craig, Steve and Lee and families,
    We were very sad to hear of the passing of Mrs. Elkins. I have many fond memories of her while growing up, and feel like she was another mother to all of the kids in the neighborhood.
    We will be thinking of all of you.
    Toby and Bonnie Skaggs

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