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West Hill Cemetery
Sherman, Texas

Frances Juanita Pickavance
27 November 1924 - no date

William Wilson Pickavance
8 August 1923 (Sherman, TX) - 17 September 2002
s/o William Pickavance & Corinne Baldwin

SHERMAN - Frances Juanita (Schumacher) Pickavance passed away peacefully at home on May 4, 2010 at her residence in Sherman, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday May 8, 2010 at Dannel Funeral Home. Pastor Leland Samuelson will officiate. Interment will follow at West Hill Cemetery. The family will be at Dannel Funeral Home from 6 -8 p.m. on Friday May 7, 2010. 
Nita, as she was called by her family and friends or Mike as she was called by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was born on Nov. 27, 1924. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Schumacher, a long time resident of Sherman who served many years as the Grayson County Tax Assessor-Collector.
Nita was reared in Sherman and was a 1941 graduate of Sherman High School. She was a champion tennis player and was credited with the design of the "tennis skirt" now so popular among female tennis players. She was also a great shot and enjoyed hunting with her father and sons. She was unsurpassed as a fisherman having taught her sons and grandchildren to cast with a bamboo pole at Club Lake and Lake Kiowa.
On Dec. 28, 1941 she married Col. William (Pick) W. Pickavance, USAF, who preceded her in death in 2002. Throughout their 61 years of marriage, they lived throughout the United States and for several years in England. Pick and Nita loved flying; in fact she soloed before "Pick" in the mid 1940s. She took flight lessons from L.T. Cook. After Pick retired from the Air Force they bought two airplanes and enjoyed flying together. Another of Nita's passions was oil painting.
Nita is survived by her two loving sons, Bill and Tom; two daughters-in-law, Nancy and Sue; grandchildren, William III, Christine, Russell II, Timothy, Misty and Jason, and eleven great-grandchildren, all of whom adored their Mike.
Nita will be remembered as a wonderful military wife who volunteered her time to help new military families, a fantastic "boys" mother who loved all manner of sports, a giving friend, loving sister and grandmother, great-grandmother par excellence. She is loved and deeply missed by all.

The Herald Democrat from May 6 to May 9, 2010

William Wilson Pickavance Sr.
8 August 1923 - 17 September 2002

Colonel US Air Force
WWII, Korea, Vietnam

West Hill Cemetery

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