Frances Dews Culbert, 88, died June 1, 2019, at her home in Guntersville.
Her parents were Frances Barnes and Ira Guy Dews and she was born in Decatur, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tab Culbert, and a sister, Suzanne Benjamin.
She is survived by daughters Linda Stover of Orlando, Florida, and Laura Boggus of Guntersville; son Keith Culbert of Kennesaw, Georgia; sister Carolyn Keech of Guntersville; and by seven grandchildren, Reagan Boggus, Ryan Boggus, Reid Boggus, Cara Boggus, Leah Fain, Jay Martin, Cody Culbert, and seven great-grandchildren.
Her funeral was June 4 at First Baptist Church in Guntersville, conducted by Revs. Bob Hunt, Joel Samuels and Aaron Johnson. Wes Rorex directed the music. Grandsons and great-grandsons served as pallbearers.
Frances was born in Decatur, Alabama, and moved with her family to Guntersville in 1944 when her father was transferred by TVA to work at the Guntersville Dam. She joined First Baptist Church that same year, and at her death, was the longest serving member of the congregation.
Frances graduated from Marshall County High School and attended Judson College. She married Tab Culbert in 1950 and together they raised their 3 children and helped mentor a host of neighborhood children as well. Frances worked as the church secretary to Dr. D.W. Edwards at First Baptist and later as the secretary at Cherokee Elementary School.
After Tab’s retirement from Redstone Arsenal, they moved to Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands for two years where they worked for a private contractor.
During this time, they were able to travel to Asia, as well as the Hawaiian and Marshall Islands. They especially enjoyed their friendships with the Marshallese people and learning about their culture. They were invited to visit with these indigenous people on numerous islands.
After returning to Guntersville, Frances enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren, sharing a special relationship with each and every one of them. She also enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling, friendships and serving her church.