Frances Chambers Cody


Canadian native Frances Chambers Cody passed peacefully on November 30, 2022, at her home in Scottsdale Arizona.

Born in Canadian to Frank M. Chambers and Gwen Chambers on August 17, 1930, Frances was a 1948 graduate of Canadian High School. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, before transferring to the University of Oklahoma, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education in 1952.

Frances returned to the Panhandle when she married C. Warren Fatheree of Pampa. She taught elementary school in Pampa before giving birth to a daughter, Susan, and son, James.

While raising her children Frances began her life-long work with the Republican Party. She served as State Committeewoman representing the Panhandle in the early ‘60s and was a Delegate for Barry Goldwater to the 1964 Convention in San Francisco. Frances moved to Austin in 1970, where she worked in politics in various campaign management, fundraising, and staff roles in the state legislature. She continued as a volunteer on various state-wide and national GOP campaigns into the 1990s.

In addition to teaching, Frances was a partner in an Austin-based chain of clothing stores, worked in health care services, and was part owner of a motel in Cody, Wyoming, later in life.

She lived in Ft. Worth, Graham, and Lakeway, Texas, Chevy Chase and Bethesda, Maryland, and Cody, Wyoming before moving to Flagstaff, Arizona. Over the past 20 years she lived in Flagstaff, Sedona, and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Throughout her adult life she enjoyed traveling around the world and across the United States. She also enjoyed playing golf, bridge, and socializing with the many friends she made in Arizona and Austin, and her life-long friends from Canadian and Pampa.

Her marriages to Warren Fatheree and Donald Cody ended in divorce. Frances was preceded in death by her parents, sister Joan Chambers Novak, and brother John Chambers. Tragically, she was also preceded by her daughter, Susan Fatheree, who passed in 1991. She is survived by her son James Warren Fatheree and daughter-in-law Richelle, grandsons James Evan Fatheree and his wife Jaymi, Jackson Miles Fatheree, and Holden Cole Fatheree, and great grandsons Easton James Fatheree and Emmett Alexander Fatheree.

Services will be held at Vi at Greyhawk, 7501 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, date and time to be determined. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations may be made to the Smile Train in the name of Frances C. Cody.