Memorial services for Frances Ernestine Starling, 96, of Temple, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church of Temple. Internment will follow at Monahans Municipal Cemetery.

Mrs. Starling died Sept. 30, 2013, in Temple. She was born Dec. 30, 1916, in Rotan to Buford Jackson and Ima Jettie Montgomery Walters.

She spent most of her childhood in Rotan and later in Wink. She attended Texas Tech University.

A longtime West Texas businesswoman, Mrs. Starling, a retired florist, owned and operated the Flower Pot in Monahans for more than 20 years. Prior to that she was city secretary for Monahans. She was active in the First United Methodist Church, the Wednesday Study Club, the Business and Professional Women’s Club and the West Texas Chamber of Commerce, and was an active supporter of all musical events in the community and the West Texas area.

She moved to Temple in 1996 and was a member of Temple’s First United Methodist Church. She was an active member of the Sammons Senior Center bridge club until her health problems intervened.

She was a resident of Elmcroft at Cottonwood Assisted Living, where she was an avid reader and loved to play bingo.

Mrs. Starling was preceded in death by both of her parents and by her brother, Donald Walters of Lakeway.

Survivors include her daughters, Sylvia (William) Marrs of Temple and Sherry (Norman) Smyrl of Knoxville, Tenn.; granddaughters, Leigh (Jeff) Goldstein of Round Rock and Tracy (Ron) Ward of Cumming, Ga.; grandsons, Trey (Pam) Marrs of Spring, Charles (Cindy) Marrs of Pflugerville and Tim (Heather) Smyrl of Cumming, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Sarah Goldstein of Round Rock, Abby and Marshall Marrs of Spring, Grayson and Katie Marrs of Pflugerville and Emily and Zoey Ward of Cumming, Ga.; one nephew, David Walters of Seattle; one niece, Pam Walters of Carlsbad, Calif.; and cousins, Reva (Elwood) Freeman of Lamesa, Jim Watson of Dallas and Mildred Grubb of Weatherford.

Memorials may be made to the music ministry of Temple’s First United Methodist Church or to an organization of choice.

Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Temple is in charge of arrangements. Offer condolences at

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