Frances Juanita McGregor, 73, of Bastrop, TX was called home to be with our Heavenly Father on October 21, 2017 at 8:57pm while at the Central Texas Veteran's Health Care System, Heroes Haven Hospice Facility in Temple, TX, after a very brave and courageous fight with cancer.
Frankie, as we all knew her, was born March 27, 1944 in Blountstown, FL to Mary Frances (Guilford) and Luther Leon Sherrod. She was the first born and only girl of 5 brothers. Her mother raised her and her brothers as a single working mother. She quit school in the 8th grade to help support her family by working in "the bait woods", where she said she got up at 3:00am and would work until almost nightfall, then she would go to night school where she was eventually able to get her high school diploma from Blountstown High School. She joined the Marine Corp in 1962 where she was a Lance Corporal, and where she met the love of her life Eugene T. "Sandy" McGregor, II in Cherry Point, NC. They were married on February 7, 1964 in Havelock, NC. Later that same year, after getting out of the service, they moved to Brownwood, TX where they started their family. Having lived in a few other towns in Texas during their marriage, they eventually moved to Austin, TX in 1982 where they spent many years before retiring in 1995. In 2017, they celebrated 53 years together.
During her lifetime, she had many jobs including telephone operator, working at a sewing factory, building F1-11 airplanes, building fiberglass boats, went to beauty school and became an instructor, a dietitian in a hospital and as a cafeteria worker in several public school's. Upon retiring, Frankie and Sandy sold their house and went on the road with their RV full-time. They had over 20 wonderful years together traveling all over the United States, but had a special place in their hearts for Silverton, CO; Capitan, NM; Yuma, AZ; Mission, TX and New Braunfels, TX where they spent most of their summers and winters. They have an extended amount of what they call their 'RV family'. She made friends and brought a lot of sunshine to all who knew her.
Her faith and family were her life. One of her greatest joys was being a mother to who she called "my girls", her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her first born grandchild named her MeeMee. When the great-grandchildren came along, the first born was very young and heard her called "Momma", but also heard called her called "MeeMee", so from then on, she was known as "Momma MeeMee" by the great-grandkids. She had the patience of a Saint and cherished her time that was spent with each of her children and grandchildren. She was able to see each of the four grandkids become adults. She enjoyed spending every chance she got with the great-grandchildren and truly enjoyed reading to them.
She loved the mountains. She and Sandy spent many years 4-wheeling and hiking around the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico. She loved taking the grandkids on trips with them to the mountains and to her hometown in Florida. She loved flower gardening and took special care of several of the memorial gardens and the many plants at all the RV parks they frequented over the years. She loved going to garage sales and thrift stores everywhere she traveled. She loved to read her bible, which she did every single day. She also loved reading historical novels. She loved listening to Elvis and she enjoyed dancing with Sandy. She loved watching science fiction shows and was a Star Trek fan from early on. We have many great memories of watching the old Godzilla and King Kong movies with her. Early in her adult life she enjoyed riding motorcycles off-road, but a severely broken leg from a motorcycle mishap eventually ended her riding. She and Sandy took the kids and grandkids on a cruise for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Early in her cancer treatment, she said she wanted to go with the family to New Orleans and take the Civil War Tour and go tour the Plantations. She said when she got well, we would all go. This trip was something that would never happen, she is now free to ride on the wings of butterflies and go anywhere her heart desired.
In 2015, while in New Mexico, God sent them a house to purchase in Bastrop, TX. They hadn't been looking for a place to buy at that time. But God had other plans for her. They settled back into having a place to call home. About a year later, they decided to make a trip up to Capitan, NM in their RV in July of 2016. They hadn't been there but a couple of weeks when she went to the clinic with another issue and it was at that time, she ended up being diagnosed with a pancreatic tumor. They returned home shortly thereafter and began a little over a year long battle fighting the cancer. Even though she was going through chemotherapy and radiation, she still had that infectious smile and beautiful spirit that shown brightly to all her knew her. She completely believed that God was going to heal her from this cancer and never gave up hope that he would. She told us from the very beginning and up until the very end, she never felt any 'doom or gloom'. During her cancer treatment she even volunteered at her church food bank weekly. She was a Christian and devoted to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and was a member of the Seed of Faith Church in Capitan, NM and Primera Baptist Church in Bastrop, TX. Throughout her brave fight, she never waivered in her faith in God. Even in her last weeks, she joked and laughed with the doctor and staff at the hospice facility. Forever a bright light in this world, always making others smile.
We are thankful to the staff of the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Temple, TX, the doctor's and staff at Texas Oncology in Austin and Bastrop, TX and to the nurses and staff at Texas Home Health for all their kindness and care given to our precious wife, mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Sherrod of Blountstown, FL; father, Luther Sherrod of Eastman, GA; two brother's, Junior and Joe Sherrod of Blountstown, FL; her mother-in-law, Mary Lou Bittick and her father-in-law, A.J. Bittick of Brownwood, TX; her father-in-law Eugene T. "Gene" McGregor of Austin, TX and a son-in-law Mike Wallin of Round Rock, TX.
She is survived by her husband Eugene T. "Sandy" McGregor, II, of Bastrop, TX; two daughters Kristy Muns and her husband Raymond of Bastrop, TX and Kerry Wallin of Bastrop, TX; grandchildren Mandi Andrews and her husband Adam of Austin, TX, Shelton Muns of Austin, TX, Branden Wallin of Austin, TX, Justin Muns and his wife Lauren of Hutto, TX and great-grandchildren Amelia Muns and Bowen Muns of Hutto, TX; three brothers Charles Sherrod and his wife Lindy of Blountstown, FL, Marcus Sherrod and his wife Trish of Blountstown, FL; Tom Sherrod of Blountstown, FL; a sister-in-law Sharon "Ginger" and her husband Charlie Gamblin of Early, TX.
She was greatly loved, and was loved by so many. She was always willing to give her time and money to anyone in need. She will be missed beyond words. She would never tell you goodbye, she would always say " I'll see you, when I see you ", but always made a point to tell you how much she loved you.
In her memory, donations can be made to the Heroes Haven Veteran's Hospice facility that provided her care in the month prior to her final journey home. Donations can be made to First National Bank, Frances "Frankie" McGregor Memorial Fund, P.O. Drawer F, Bastrop, TX 78602, or to the Wounded Warrior Project (https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/).
The family and friends will join in a Celebration of Life service on Nov. 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Marrs-Jones-Newby Funeral Home Chapel in Bastrop, TX. Cremation preceded services.