Frances Etoyle Tullius born October 25, 1921 to Willis M. and Martha Lenahan Homer at their home east of Lexington, Oklahoma. She was the youngest and last surviving member of a large family of six brothers and five sisters. We often heard that after naming eleven children, her parents ran out of names. They chose the name Etoile which turned out to be a curiosity. In grade school, a teacher commented that her name meant "star" in French. Regardless, she chose to change the spelling of her name to Etoyle and it stuck for the rest of her life. At age ten, her family moved to Norman where she attended Norman schools graduating from Norman High School in 1939. She met Herbert C. Tullius on a blind date, fell in love and married him on November 27, 1939. Dad was very proud of Mom but he liked to joke by saying that she was the youngest of the litter and he "took what was left". This town girl and farm boy started their adventure in California immediately following their wedding in Norman, Oklahoma. Two years later they arrived home with baby Judy in tow. They moved to a farm north of Norman and began their life. Eventually they traded farms with Herb's brother, Carol, and resided on their farm south of Norman for 57 years until Herb's death in October 2003. That farm, located on Cedar Lane, was Herb's birth place. They raised their family on the 160 acres along with cows, pigs, chickens, crops and a huge vegetable garden. She became a fantastic cook. Mom barely had breakfast cleaned up before it was time to start lunch and then dinner for the family of seven. In her spare time, she hung clothes on the line, ironed everything including pillowcases, made our clothes, canned and froze fruits and vegetables and many times plucked a chicken for dinner. In spite of the fact that we are all grown with families and homes of our own, we loved to gather at Mom's house for every holiday. On Christmas Eve, there was no place we would rather be. In 2008 she enjoyed a European tour with her family. Later at the age of 89, she attended Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Mom drove, shopped, attended luncheons and lived independently until September, 2017 when she fell, sustaining a head injury, while picking up the morning newspaper. She died on September 28, 2017 at the age of 95 years old.
Mom was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church for over seventy years. The parish selected her as their "Woman of the Year" in 1992. She and Dad were founding members of the Golden-Agers Club. They had a large circle of friends and an active social life. In the 1940's, she joined a Home Extension Club and remained a member until her death. She was also a long time member of St. Bernadette's Guild. In addition, she attended Norman Christian Women's Connection, Ex-Libris Book Club and the LIFT Sewing Group for many years.
She is survived by: daughter, Judy Tullius Fox and her sons, Larry and Jeffrey Fox. Daughter; Diane Tullius-McCreight and her son, Zane Fields and wife, Cori. Son; Jerry, wife Rhonda and his daughters, Kaley and Ashley Tullius. Son, John, wife Gretta and their children, Josh and his fiancée, Kaleigh Bishop and Hannah Tullius. Great Grandchildren: Adrienne Fox, Kari Fox Zimmerman and husband, Shane, Jonathan and Jared Fox, Adan and Annisa Fields, Stetson and Stella Tullius. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Kathey Tullius and her children, Robin Tullius-Britt and Sandy Hardwick and sister-in-law, Ernestine Tullius. In addition, she leaves behind may nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings: Essie, Floyd, Michel, Letha, Alma, Pete, Whitney, Ersrey, Lorenze, Lillian and Bill, her husband, Herb Tullius, son David Tullius, daughter-in-law, Sylvia Tullius and son-in-law, Willard Fox.
We would like to thank Dr. John Krodel and his nurse, Liz for their many years of excellent health care. We are very grateful to the compassionate doctors, nurses and staff of Norman Regional Hospital during her recent hospitalization. A very special "thank you" to Andy Schultz, PT. Andy made an instant connection with Mom and no one enjoyed their time together more than she did.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 2, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Primrose Funeral Service. Interment will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.
Donations may be made in Etoyle's memory to St. Joseph's Church, 421 E. Acres, Norman, Oklahoma 73071.
Published on September 30, 2017