Surrounded by her immediate loved ones, Frances Calcote Brite passed away peacefully in her home at Pleasanton on November 28, 2015.
Her life was defined by her devotion to God, love of her family, artistic creativity and a vivid sense of imagination. Her creativity and imagination served her well as she set out to raise her four children and any other neighborhood kids that wanted to be part of her cub scout or brownie or Girl Scout troops. She was a proud member of the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio as well as a charter member of the Brush Country Art Club and has exhibited paintings in the Longhorn Museum in Pleasanton. The study of art enriched her life in many ways. Thelma Cardwell Cale, a well known Texas artist, was instrumental in Frances development as an artist. Frances was also a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution having held offices in the American Chapter NSDAR, including Regent. She served as the state chairman of the Texas Armed Service Awards organization. She was also a member of the Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century, and a member of the Colonial Order of the Crown.
Frances was born April 25, 1926 to Charles Calcote and Lucinda DeCalb Pipkin at Center Point, Texas. Her father was a WW1 veteran and the family lived in New Orleans where he drove a street car.
Frances attended school in Louisiana and Texas, graduating from Three Rivers High School in 1943. She graduated in 1947 from the Santa Rosa School of Nursing at Incarnate Word College as a Registered Nurse. In 1997, she culminated a life long interest in genealogy by writing the definitive history of the Calcote family, appropriately titled “Calcote Family Journey”. Her research brought her in contact with family members all over the world. She was proud of all her family and was grateful to have met so many of them. On June 18, 2011 she was bestowed the title of “Calcote Family Historian” and presented with a plaque through which the Calcote Family expressed their gratitude, love and honor of her life.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Charles Chaffin Calcote.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, J. Taylor Brite, daughter Patricia Brite Taylor and husband Danny of Waco; sons Steve Brite and wife Jean of Pleasanton, Gary Brite and wife Deby of Phoenix, Tom Brite and wife DeAndra of San Antonio. Grandchildren: Chris Taylor, Matt Taylor, Jennifer Hissem, Amy Brinkerhoff, Emily Grecco, Kevin Brite, Robert Brite, Tara Brite, Taylor Brite, Alan Brite, Rachel Arevalo. Great Grandchildren: Ben Taylor, Annie Taylor, John Brinkerhoff, Will Brinkerhoff, Zachary Grecco, Mia Grecco, Liam Brite, Owen Brite, and Graham Brite. Numerous nieces and nephews. All deeply loved and appreciated.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Pleasanton Church of Christ followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Pleasanton City Cemetery.
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