Agnes Louise Forcade McKown, 97, died on Nov. 27, 2008. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 1, at St. Francis of Asissi Catholic Church. The Rev. Tom Phelan will officiate. Entombment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, Nov. 30. from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home at 1408 W. Park Ave in Orange with a Wake service beginning at 7 :00 p.m.
Mrs. McKown was born in Century, Fla. on Dec. 30, 1910. She met and married Ernest Elmo McKown in Pensacola, Fla. and in 1955, they moved to Orange. She was a devoted wife and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She graduated from Our Lady of the Lake College in San Antonio and was a court reporter until she married. She loved to cook for family and friends She always had a smile for everyone and something nice to say.
Preceded in death by her husband, Elmo McKown and her parents, Eduard and Emma Forcade, those left to cherish her memory are her two children, daughter Pat Stracener and husband, Hercel, and son Michael McKown and wife, Sylvia; two granddaughters, Angela Wright Lathrop and husband Eric, and Michele Wright Ray and husband Doyle: step-granddaughter, Cynthia Hawthorn and husband, Kato; four great-grandchildren, Payton and Aven Lathrop and Ashleigh and Emily Ray; two step-great-grandchildren, Michael and Evan Hawthorne.
Pallbearers will be Doyle Ray, Eric Lathrop, Hercel Stracener and Guy Collins.
The family sends a special thanks to her caregiver, Brenda Anderson and to Cristi Frazier and her staff for their loving care for mother during her last year. Memorials may be made to St. Francis of Asissi Catholic Church.