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Frances Maler

November 11, 1946 — January 25, 2020

Frances Ann Flencher Maler went home to be with her Lord, Jesus Christ, January 25th, 2020 in route to the hospital in College Station, Texas. She had been fighting a valiant five-year battle with a host of medical conditions. Spunky and strong-willed, she never gave-up or lost hope even to the bitter end.

Our little Frances was born November 11, 1946, the eldest child of Ervin Benny and Hazel Roberta Tuttle Flencher. Frances, Gary’s “Little Kraut”, was a lifelong resident of Somerville, Texas. She loved her hometown and spearheaded many causes and projects to improve the quality of life in Somerville. Facilitating and funding the installation of early warning sirens (for tornadoes and other dangers) was one of many projects she led and accomplished.

Frances was a daddy’s girl and everyone who really knew her was fully aware that she adored her father as a true hero. She worked most of her adult life in the family banking enterprise, Citizens State Bank, retiring as Vice-President of Human Resources. She was passionate about CSB Bancshares and all its branches. She was loved and will be missed by her colleagues and friends.

Tiny in stature at five feet tall, she was so warm-hearted, compassionate and outgoing that she lived larger than life. She never met a stranger and was quick to build new and lasting relationships. Generous and focused on the needs of and helping others, it was quite common to see her pulling cash from her purse to give to someone who was hurting or struggling in life.

She was a stellar example of the love Jesus Christ commanded and modeled. She loved her Lord and is without a doubt in heaven right now reunited with her parents and daughter, Tasha Yvette Maler who preceded her in death.

Frances graduated from Somerville High School in 1965 and attended Blinn College in Brenham. While in high school she was a cute, pert and prissy drum major who led the Yegua Marching Band and also an accomplished twirler adept at tossing flaming batons high into the air to the delight of Somerville Yegua football fans. One of the family’s favorite photos is of her perched prettily atop a bass drum, her perfect, tiny body in a confident pose.

Frances is survived by her husband of 47 years, Gary Wayne Maler and daughter, Brandi Nicole Maler, both of Somerville, her brother Ervin Benny Flencher, Jr (Ben) and his wife, Betsy Neinast Flencher, Ben’s sons: Aaron, Cory, Ryan. Joshua Flencher and their wives: Amanda, Cristi, Stephanie and Missy and four grandnieces: Abigail, Aubrey, Mia and Sloane. Two grandnephews Levi and Brady, Gary’s sister and brother, several cousins, and their spouses and children complete her beloved family.

Pallbearers will be Aaron Flencher, Cory Flencher, Ryan Flencher, Joshua Flencher, Dennis Griffin, Waylon Edwards

Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Knesek, Billy Giesenschlag, James Urbanosky

Visitation will be Tuesday January 28th from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Strickland Funeral Home-Somerville.

A celebration of her life will be held at First Lutheran Church in Somerville, Wednesday January 29th at 2:00pm.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to First Lutheran Church in Somerville or Central Baptist Church in College Station.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Strickland Funeral Home, 545 8th St. Somerville, TX 77879.


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