Frances Segulia, 81, prominent Tornillo author, historian and cotton farmer passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2001. Frances Fawn Tippit was born in Lamar Oklahoma on April 18, 1920 to Jacob Monroe Dudley and Myrtle Osceola Tippit Dudley. She moved to Tornillo in 1934 and graduated from Tornillo High School in 1936. On June 3, 1937 Frances married John Segulia and began farming in the Tornillo area. She had two children, Mary Osceola Segulia and Vincent Jacob Segulia.

Through her association with the El Paso Writer's League and the late Lenore Dils, Frances wrote several articles published in Password and other southwestern publications. Her writing career culminated in the book Moments in Time, a comprehensive history of the Tornillo farming community. Along with her other endeavors, Frances was an avid genealogist.

Frances was a life member of both the Texas and National PTA, an honorary member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, prominent member of the El Paso County Historical Society, and a charter member of The American Family Immigration History Center at Ellis Island. She was a communicant of All Saints Episcopal Church.

Her family and the entire Tornillo community whom she saw as her extended family loved Frances and delighted in her wit and her concern for others. All who were fortunate enough to have known her will miss her. Grandchildren, Gary Bruce McElroy, Jr. of Horizon City, Julie McElroy Laughlin and husband Donald R. Laughlin of Fort Worth, Vincent John McElroy and wife Carla McElroy of Fort Worth, and Mark Osceola McElroy and wife Laurie Ann McElroy of Aledo, Texas survive Frances along with great grandchildren Travis Scott Armstrong of San Angelo, Alyssa Kay Laughlin of Fort Worth, Mary Kalista and Kaycee Fawn McElroy of Aledo, Vincent John (Jake) McElroy, Jr. of Fort Worth along with numerous nieces and nephews. Frances was preceded in death by her husband John Segulia and her children Mary Osceola McElroy and Vincent Jacob (Bud) Segulia.

Visitation will be held at Harding-Orr and McDaniel Funeral Home, 320 Montana, on Thursday November 29th from 4:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3500 McRae, on Friday November 30th at 10:00 a.m. with the Reverend Chester King officiating. Pallbearers will be Johnny McElroy, Travis Armstrong, Don Laughlin, Steve Cooper, Bill Lovelady, Davis Lee Holdman, and Perry Holdman. Honorary Pallbearers will be Gary McElroy Jr., Joe Segulia, Tom Segulia, Bobby Segulia, Guy N. Fields III, Ted Gardea, Charles Ivy, Ray Larkin, Tin Lettunich and Johnny Hughes. Internment will be at Restlawn Cemetery. Memorials can be made to UTEP Scholarships in memory of Frances Segulia, 1100 North Stanton, Suite 201, El Paso, TX 79902.

Frances T. Segulia
1941 Saul Kleinfeld, Apt 222
El Paso, TX 79936