West Hill Cemetery
Frances Juanita Pickavance, read her obituary below.
& William Wilson Pickavance
his military stone below:
COL US AIR FORCE
WWII - KOREA - VIETNAM
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
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
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
to the West Hill Cemetery