Frances Marie Helmer Putz

Frances Marie Helmer Putz
June 21, 1943 – July 13, 2016

Frances Putz, 73, of Bryan, passed away Wednesday July 13, 2016 in Bryan. Graveside service will be at 9a.m., Friday July 15, 2016 at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers.

Frances was born to Louis and Margie Hawkins Helmer in Houston, Texas. She was married to Charles Edward Putz in 1963. She retired from Texas A&M Veterinarian Diagnostic Lab. She will be remembered for the love she gave to her grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her son Toby Lee Putz and her parents.

Surviving Frances are her husband Charles Putz; her son Edward and wife Shamaree Putz; her grandchildren Lacee Noak, Kristy Putz, Ashley Zaragoza, Alyssa Putz, Edward Lee Putz Jr., Leah Putz; her three great-grandchildren Brenton Zaragoza, Blaine Noak, and Jessica Garner; and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be given to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 West 26th Street, Bryan, Texas 77803.

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Grandma was an amazing woman; caring, generous, supportive, humorous, loving, and kind don’t come close to being a complete description of the type of person that she was. She was strong, stubborn, determined, independent, and hard headed. She was the glue that held us all together. However, there is one thing that described her best, her grandchildren; she loved ‘us kids’ more than anything in the world. Just like most kids, when we were younger we never wanted to be home, and it seems like every weekend of our childhood was spent at Grandma’s house; now I know that isn’t accurate, but the fun we had and love we left with filled our childhood with wonderful memories.

She told us stories about her hunting trips to Colorado, was always moving her feet to shake the bed, talking in her happy sing-songy voice, and cooking us our favorite meals of her which unfortunately is too many to list. She enjoyed gardening, playing bingo, gambling trips in St Charles, puzzling, reading books especially those written by Danielle Steele, and one of her favorite movies was Dirty Dancing.

We will never forget our countless trips to Casa Ole and Olive Garden, the skating rink and bowling alley, pizza and games at Mr. Gatti’s, shopping trips to the Mall and Walmart, feeding the ducks at Central Park, going to the pool in the summer time, the hundreds of movies she took us to see at ‘the show,’ swimming and perch jerkin’ in the lake at Papa’s. She even taught us that the best way to get a sun tan was by laying naked on the pier. She was the greatest and most fun Grandma any kid could ask for.

Trying to think of our one favorite memory with her is unbelievably hard because she was such a huge part of our lives. Being with her so frequently, we saw how the happiness she brought to us was also received by so many people throughout her life. Those who she was with for only short periods of time were touched by the joy she delivered to their life. She was our life and we promised her that we would all stay strong just the way she raised us to be. I am incredibly thankful that each and every one of us here were able to be a part of her life and to have been fortunate enough to hold everlasting memories with her which will touch our hearts forever.


  1. Mark and I are praying for all of you. GOD took another angel for sure. She was a sweet lady and an awesome Grandma. We are here for you all and pray that GOD comforts all of you. We love you,
    Gina and Mark

  2. Toby, Edward Lee and Family – Our condolences to you for your loss. Frances was always a sweet lady and we always enjoyed visiting with her. We did a lot of visiting in our younger days. I know that Frances adored all of her grandchildren and she was very proud of their accomplishments. She will be greatly missed. Praying that God will wrap his loving arms around all of you and give you the peace of knowing that Frances is no longer suffering. She loved you all so much.

  3. I met Francis brother Fred when she was about 13 years old. We watched her grow up,met Toby and marry, have the boys and watched them grow, she was so very proud of both of them Francis was always a part of our family, she was a family person and we loved her very much. I will miss her always, she was like a little sister to me, we did not see much of each other after the death of Fred ,as we did when he was alive.Our visit with her and Toby was always a delight, No one can ever replace the place she had in my heart. I am thinking of Toby and Edward during this time and hope they remember the good times , she loved live so much and always had some thing to say or do. I will miss her and think of the family as I know there hearts are broken. God Bless all of you

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