Frances Winifred Polston was born in New Orleans and grew up in Denton, TX. She graduated from Denton High School and the University of North Texas. In 1963, she married her childhood sweetheart and love of her life, Bob Martin.
She raised her family in the Mid-Cities area where she passed into the arms of Jesus after a brief battle with Covid.
After working in various office positions she became a full time Mom. She was a wonderful wife and a dedicated loving mother, raising a daughter and son who love and adore her. After they were on their own she entered the mental health field, a field she enjoyed and that suited her well; she loved to help others. She was an active member of First Baptist Church Hurst where she taught Bible studies, started two Connection classes and was a founding member of Regen, a Bible-based twelve-step program. Fran was a gifted teacher, who loved nothing more than leading Bible studies and discipling women.
Fran greatly enjoyed traveling in the RV with all her family. They made so many special trips to Red River, NM, different parts of Colorado and… that trip to Alaska! She loved trips with her cousins and sister. Her happiest times were being with her family. She loved reading, playing games with her family and spending holidays and meals together. She loved people and was loved by so many. All around her were aware of her infectious smile and love for Jesus!
She was preceded in death by her parents Jack and Alice Polston. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, John R. “Bob” Martin, daughter Karen Martin Ford (husband, Jerry), son Craig Martin (wife, Celia) and two grandsons: Jerrod Martin Ford and John Morgan Ford, who were the other loves of her life. Fran is also survived by her sister Jacqueline Polston Blakley (husband, Frank) Bob’s sisters Ruth Brown (John) and May Brown (Randy), her cousins - “the Dixie Hens,” and many nieces and nephews that she loved deeply. She was a selfless person who was focused on and cared for the needs of others.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Memorial Gifts can be made out to First Baptist Church Hurst, Missions.
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