Reba “Louise” Franks


Reba “Louise” Franks, 82 years old, of Amarillo, Texas, left her earthly tent to be renewed in Heaven on Monday evening, May 20, 2024, at home with her daughter keeping vigil. 

She was born on December 18, 1941, in Phillips, Texas to Hugh and Reba Laster.

Following her graduation with the Class of 1960 from Stinnett High School, Louise devoted 32 years of her life as a housewife but lived out the remainder of her days as a cool, spunky and doting mother. 

After some life altering events, she joined the workforce by investing in one of her greatest passions, cooking for various retirement and nursing homes.

However, some would say that Louise’s true calling was being a mother and grandmother.

Always showering them with an abundance of love and support. So much so that she dedicated her time into VBS, both boy and girl scouts, teaching Sunday School, being a Room Mother, participating in PTA and opening her home to visiting students from churches within the area.

Louise was a strong Christian and a member of Central Church of Christ. 

She was known for her giving heart and loved sharing. She delighted in bringing a smile to the neighborhood by handing out snacks and baked goods to all the children and their families. 

But Louise didn’t stop giving there, she lent an ear and gave anything to those in need. One of her most selfless acts was becoming a foster mother to Robbie Don. It was her first and last time as a foster mother simply for the fact that Louise loved with her whole heart and when Robbie had to leave, he took a part of her soul with him.

Among the many things in Louise’s life that filled her with joy was the love of sports, specifically basketball, and even though she was only 5 foot 3 inches it didn’t stop her from leaving her all on the court. And of course, teasing her son-in-law, Zoy nonstop causing him endless grief. 

If asked, Louise would say that family was the foundation of life and without it there was nothing to live for.

She was greeted with loving arms and great anticipation into Heaven by her parents; two brothers, Jerry Laster, Johnny Laster and a grandson, Cameron Franks.

Those who remain to laugh at her antics and cherish her memories are her three children, Glenna Gunter and husband Zoy of Pampa, Jeannene Woods and husband Rob of Canyon, Jeff Franks of New Boston, TX; a sister, Velena Rodriquez and husband Wayne of Purcell, OK; four grandchildren, Shayla Pavillard and husband Russell, Misty Moss, Jacklen Campbell, Ryan Woods and wife Madison; nine great-grandchildren; her precious fur baby, Felix and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family who love and miss her.

For those wishing to donate in honor of Louise, the family kindly suggests they be made to either the Children’s Home of Lubbock and Family Service Agency Inc., PO Box 2824, Lubbock, TX 79408-2824 or Highland Baptist Church, 1304 N Banks St, Pampa, TX 79065.

Celebration of Life Memorial services are scheduled for 1:00 pm, Saturday, June 8, 2024, at Winegeart Funeral Home Serenity Chapel with Brother Paul Nachtigall officiating. 

The family has entrusted the cremation care of their loved one to Winegeart Funeral Home.