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Frances Stafford

June 22, 1940 — April 11, 2018

Frances Stafford

Frances (Fay) Vuskovich Stafford, 77, passed from this life peacefully in her home with her loving husband by her side in Kerrville, TX on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. She was born on June 22, 1940 in Gretna, LA to Matthew Vuskovich and Frances Cavaretta Vuskovich.

Family values were instilled in her at a young age. In the early 1970s her mother, Frances and brothers, Vincent and Joseph; opened a restaurant in Gretna, a suburb or New Orleans. The family became even closer working alongside her siblings and children. The love of family and her ability to make friends and customers feel like family permeated Fay's life. Food, family, and the Catholic faith remained central for Fay, her siblings and her children throughout her life with family dinners filled with laughter, music and fun.

These early experiences provided the foundation for Fay's later work in the hospitality industry. For over 35 years, she welcomed guests to hotels and restaurants in New Orleans and Florida. Her attention to detail accompanied by her smile, good humor, and genuine interest in people, made them friends.
In May of 1998 Fay and Paul were married in Gretna, LA. He introduced her to the Texas Hill Country and they moved to Kerrville in April of 2005. Fay immediately fell in love with the beautiful Hill Country and a community of wonderful friends. As a retiree after 46 years, she brought her skills of hospitality to countless hours of service as a volunteer for many Kerrville organizations including the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Notre Dame Church. She served as a member of the board of directors at River Hills Country Club, Kerrville Art Club, Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, the Republican Women of Kerr Country and the River Hills Women's Association. In each of these endeavors, she made enduring and fun-filled friendships.

Fay faced life's adversities with a deep faith, whether the challenges of raising two children as a single mother or dealing
with major health issues. Her special prayer during these times was, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." She leaves this special faith and the values she modeled as an example for her family.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Vincent Vuskovich; grand-daughter, Marti Diane Wilson; and ex-husband Luther L. Hoell; father of her two children.

Frances is survived by her loving husband, Paul E. Stafford; sister, Jeri Vuskovich of Slidell, LA; brother, Matthew Vuskovich, M.D. (Lona) of Gainsville, FL.; brother, Joseph Vuskovich (Regina) of Indianapolis, IN; daughter, Laura Wilson of Austin, TX; son, Kurt Hoell of Houston, TX; grandson, Donald Wilson, III.; and many loved nieces and nephews.

Paul E. Stafford would like to thank caregivers Helen and Peggy and Dr. Michael Grocki and the professionals at Alamo Hospice, especially Tina and Evalia.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or Notre Dame Catholic Church.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be conducted at the Kerrville Funeral Home Chapel 1221 Junction Highway, Kerrville TX 78028 on Monday, April 16 2018 at 6 PM.

Funeral Mass will be held at Notre Dame Catholic Church 909 Main Street, Kerrville TX 78028 Tuesday, April 17 2018 at 9:30 AM.

Graveside Services will take place at Westlawn Memorial Park in Gretna, LA 1225 Whitney Avenue 70056 on Friday, April 20 2018 at 10AM.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kerrville Funeral Home. (830) 895-5111

Visitation Schedule

Kerrville Funeral Home
1221 Junction Hwy.
Kerrville, TX  78028
Monday, April 16, 2018
6 PM
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Service Schedule

Notre Dame Catholic Church
909 Main Street
Kerrville, TX  78028
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
9:30 AM
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Burial Schedule

Westlawn Memorial Park
1225 Whitney Avenue
Gretna, LA  70056
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