Frances Burns



Remembering Ms. Frances

The PurpleHull Pea Festival has lost one of its most special people.

Frances Burns - "Ms. Frances," as she was fondly called - one of the founders of the festival, passed away Tuesday, November 4, 2003, at St. Michael's Hospital in Texarkana, Texas, after several months of battling cancer.

"She was a dear, dear friend to so many of us, and we're grieving," said festival spokesman Bill Dailey.  "We'll miss her laugh, her smiles, her wit."

In addition to being an original guiding light for the PurpleHull Pea Festival, she served as its Arts & Crafts chairman for all but a couple of years since the festival's inception in 1990.  Those familiar with the inner workings of the festival say her contribution cannot be overstated.

"No one else could do what Frances did," said Emerson Mayor Joe Mullins.  "She was there from the beginning.  She knew Arts & Crafts inside out."

"She put in huge - I mean huge - amounts of her time just to make this little small-town festival work," added Dailey.  "I'm not sure I can ever remember her missing a festival committee meeting.  She was that dedicated."

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