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Frances Cornwell

September 26, 1939 — October 22, 2019

Frances Mae Cornwell, age 80, of Edgewood, passed away unexpectedly in a car accident on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, around 7 am.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:30AM, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory, Bro. Jimmy Jarrett will officiate. No visitation. No interment.

Frances Mae Cornwell was born in Lamesa, TX, on September 26, 1939, to the parentage of Arthur Lee and Maxine Walsh McAda. She was a member of the Choctaw Nation, and proud to be American Indian. She married Jackie Ray Cornwell, in Wills Point in 1959. After going to school to become a License Vocational Nurse (LVN), she dedicated her life to working with special needs children. She loved the work she was doing because it was more of a "calling" than a job. She was always wanting to work more hours...the more the better. "If she wasn't working, she wasn't happy", said her son, R.D. Her family might have jokingly said she was a work-a-holic, but the truth was that she loved her job, her children, her patients, their families, and she was always doing kind things for others. In 2018, she received an award, a beautiful plaque, from International Nurses Association recognizing Frances Mae Cornwell as a top LVN in Edgewood, TX, because she qualified for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. She was very honored to receive this award, and this made her family very proud.

She was a collector of many things...angels, elephants, unicorns, and dishes, just to name a few. She loved shopping and collecting beautiful and meaningful things. Her children said she was a great Mom and should've received the "Top Mom of the Year" award every year! She loved her family very much. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren made her life happy. Frances was a Christian and attended Elwood Missionary Baptist Church in Wills Point. In her spare time, which she didn't have much of, she enjoyed reading, working word puzzles and of late she had started coloring the popular adult coloring books, and found she was very good at this...she even had a couple of them framed for her grandchildren.

As per Frances' wish, her body was donated to UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. This is one of the most generous gifts you can make is to donate your body for medical education and research. For more information on donating your body for science as Frances did, please visit

Those left to cherish her memories include:
Son: Roger Dale (R.D.) McAda and wife, Sherri, of Richardson
Daughter: Deborah Clower of Odessa
Brother: John McAda of Alabama
Son-in-law: Harvey Burt of Edgewood
Grandchildren: Numerous
Great-grandchildren: Numerous
A host of other loving family and friends

Preceded by:
Parents; 1 Son, Kenneth Dean Cornwell; 2 Daughters, Donna Rae Burt and Jackie Mae Cornwell

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