Frances Louise Armstrong Taylor

Frances Louise Armstrong Taylor passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at The Cove at Waterview in Granbury, Texas.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, at Wiley Funeral Home, Granbury.

A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, at First United Methodist Church of Granbury, with Pastor Scott Goodfellow officiating. Prior to the service, the family will gather for a private interment at Holly Hills Memorial Park.

Louise was born March 21, 1926, in Georgetown, Texas, to Frances Humphrey and Everett Louis Armstrong. The fifth generation of a pioneering ranching family, she grew up with her younger sister and brother in Hebbronville, Jim Hogg County, Texas. During her high school years, Louise lived with relatives in Robstown, Texas, graduating from Robstown High School in 1943. She attended Texas A & I University in Kingsville, and then transferred to Texas Christian University, where she graduated with a B.S. degree in 1946.

While at TCU, Louise fell in love with a handsome football player, Fred Alvin Taylor, who had returned to the university to finish his degree after WWII. Louise and Fred married in 1947. For the next several years, Fred’s coaching career took them to Lubbock, Corpus Christi, Victoria, and finally back to TCU, where Fred was freshman coach then head coach. A faithful supporter of Fred and his Horned Frogs, Louise was always in the stands, pretty in purple.

Louise was a dedicated educator for 35 years, with most of those years at Fort Worth I.S.D. After teaching elementary school for a number of years, she earned her Master of Education degree from TCU, and devoted her last 17 years as an elementary reading clinic specialist. Louise and Fred spent weekends at their Iredell ranch, with Sundays at Iredell Methodist Church, where Louise served as organist for 20 years. 

After retiring from Fort Worth I.S.D., the Taylors moved to De Cordova Bend in Granbury, where Louise was active in various clubs and the First United Methodist Church of Granbury. A longtime member of the Woman’s Wednesday Club of Granbury, Louise served as president from 1998-2000.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, sister Betty Josephine Barnett and brother Jack Humphrey Armstrong. She said goodbye to her dear Fred in 2013.

Louise was loved by her many nieces and nephews: Georgina Armstrong, Joe Bob Barnett (deceased), John L. Barnett (deceased), Marion Taylor, George Taylor, Wanda L. McCreary, Cheryl Taylor, Martha T. Lang, Cindy T. Nauert, Linda T. King, and Tamara T. Cotter (deceased), as well as numerous great and great-great nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lois G. Cleveland Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Women’s Wednesday Club of Granbury, 306 N. Travis St, Granbury, TX 76048; First United Methodist Church of Granbury, or First United Methodist Church of Iredell.