Frances Florine Hopper Countryman of Midlothian, loving wife and mother, passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 in Waxahachie, surrounded by family. A descendant of several area pioneer families, she was born in Midlothian on Aug. 26, 1923 to George L. and Juanita Hawkins Hopper. Frances was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Ella Ruth Hopper Rosenfield and her husband of 49 years, Marvin “Tedo” Countryman.

She is survived by her son, William Mark “Fos” Countryman of Midlothian and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Midlothian. After graduation from Midlothian High School in 1940, “Fran” attended Texas State College for Women (now TWU) in Denton before working for many years in the insurance industry including the George Sewell Agency of Midlothian and Employers Casualty of Dallas. Fran was a person of wide-ranging interests. Her earliest ambition was to read and she did so enthusiastically from the day she learned: From Tarzan to murder mysteries to genealogy to the history of Scotland to the classics and back again. Interested since childhood in dress design, for many years she sewed ensembles for Barbie dolls to test out her ideas before giving the clothes away to make room for the new fashions. Fran loved to garden. Whether in aid of growing something pretty to look at or something good to eat, her idea of bliss on a warm spring day was to get outside and “dig dirt”. When needed or asked, Fran was ready with love, kindness, good counsel, strength, humor and chocolate chip cookies. She will be deeply missed by her family and her many friends.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 and services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at Midlothian Funeral Home with Dr. Rick Davis and Randy Tucker officiating. Burial will follow at Midlothian Cemetery.

Midlothian Funeral Home, 200 E. Avenue E in Midlothian, 972-723-9884, midlothianfh.com.