Frankie D. Applin passed from this life to her heavenly home on November 4, 2015 at the age of 94. Named for her father, she was born July 16, 1921 to Frank and Minnie Patterson in Baird, Texas. The middle child of seven children, she grew up in Lamesa, Texas, where her father owned the blacksmith shop during the Great Depression.
Frankie married Melvin Applin, the love of her life, on June 3, 1938, celebrating 65 years of marriage before he passed away in 2003. They lived in central Texas and northern New Mexico, before settling in Hobbs in the late 1940's.
Always the homemaker, Frankie did whatever was needed, working alongside her husband while caring for her children as well as many family members over the years. Well known as a fabulous cook, there was always something good and ready to eat in her house, but she could also help drive a freightliner, grub mesquite on their farm, teach Sunday School, and corral wayward livestock. She ran their country store and was the bookkeeper for their trucks and feed lot businesses. Always ready "to go", she loved to travel, fish and camp, and visit family. Education was highly valued, and although they did not have the same opportunities, they made sure their children achieved college degrees. Frankie was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed handcrafts and gardening. She pitched a great game of baseball and delighted in her grandchildren's activities. In everything, her love was expressed by her meek gentleness, determined courage, and kindness. She was our anchor and she was anchored by her Heavenly Father.
Their beloved son, Mel Applin, went to be with His Lord on October 15, 2008.
Frankie is survived by daughter, Shirley Mee and her treasured grandchildren, Holly Thompson and her husband Cimarron of Hobbs, and Andrew Mee and his wife Kelli of Arlington, Texas. She so loved her four great grandchildren, Madeleine, Connor, Summer and Jessica and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Case and her husband Mike.
She is also survived by two sisters, Dorothy Stewart and husband Holly, and Peepsie Lankford and husband John, all of Hobbs, two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Kidd of Lamesa, Texas and Christine Applin of Cortez, Colorado, and brother-in-law Leon Applin and wife Wanda of Colorado City, Texas as well as many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held on November 14, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Park Cemetery 1010 County Rd 20, Lamesa, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to New Mexico Christian Childrens Home 4-H Program 1356 NM-236, Portales, NM 88130 or to Heart of God-Haiti, an orphanage in Godet , c/o Young & Companies CPA 1425 Jefferson Road Rochester, NY 14623 http://heartofgodhaiti.org/