2017-04-06 / Obituaries

Frances Bibby

Frances Mae Bibby, 91, passed away peacefully and went to her heavenly home on March 26, 2017, surrounded by her family. Her devotion and faith in God supported her and ultimately gave her peace.

Frances was born to William F. Stroud and Ethel A. Stroud (Brock) in Quantico, Va. on July 24, 1925. She grew up in Fort Smith, Ark. and pursued her love of horses by becoming a trick rider and performing in rodeos. Frances was a member of the Cowboys’ Turtle Association and the Rodeo Cowboys’ Association.

She met her husband, Allan R. Bibby, at the San Juan Bautista Rodeo and they were married on Jan. 24, 1954, settling on a small ranch on Mt. Hamilton. The family moved to San Martin, Calif. in 1962, and in 1988 they relocated to Cathey’s Valley, Calif. Horses would remain an intricate part of her life, with she and Allan breeding, training and raising Quarter Horses until he passed away in 1994.

Frances enjoyed staying active, she did the bookkeeping and scheduling for Allan’s horseshoeing business, worked as a waitress, was a 4-H leader, did beautiful hand tooled leather items, made lovely hand sewn quilts, worked at the annual Mariposa County Fair and the Cathey’s Valley polling precinct, and assisted at the Victory Baptist Christian School. She was a member of the Unity Rebekah Lodge No. 24, I.O.O.F. in Gilroy, Calif. and a member of the First Baptist Church of Mariposa.

Living in a house on a corner made it easy for neighborhood children and friends to stop by and visit with her and no one ever left on an empty stomach. She especially cherished the opportunities to babysit her grandchildren.

Frances is preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by a brother, William F. Stroud, Jr. (Dodie); daughter, Mary Hodson (Bill); grandchild, Jake Bibby (Sarah); greatgrandchildren, Levi Bibby and Harper Bibby, and a special niece, Debbie Dorney (Mike).

Frances will be laid to rest next to husband Allan in the Cathey’s Valley Cemetery.

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