Frances Louise Breakey was born in Lebanon, KS on June 27, 1920 to Ernest E. Breakey and Ollie (Hashbarger) Breakey. She was the oldest of four children. Frances loved learning and in her high school years took “Teaching Courses”. She started teaching right out of high school at Buck Creek School.
Frances married Charlie H. Myers in 1943 and except for a short time, during the World War II, she taught school in Smith County until retirement in 1985. She taught for 46 years in Smith County.
Frances and Charlie had one son, James, who grew up in Smith Center. Frances was a member of and had been active in the First Presbyterian Church until she was unable to be.
Frances loved teaching school, family, children, birds and she knew the names of all the trees and birds in her area. She loved the prairie and taught her students the books of author Willa Cather such as O Pioneers! and My Antonia as she felt her writing described the prairie so beautifully. She loved Smith Center, ventured out very little and never flew on an airplane. She could tell you about the days of the Dust Bowl, the Depression, World War II and the Vietnam War as seen from her world in Smith Center. Frances was a friend to all but none more than her dear friend and neighbor for more than 40 years, Judy Joy. Judy and her family were all family to Frances and they shared a lot of life with each other.
Frances spent the last eight years living at Independent Living Care Home and they were family, too.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Ollie Breakey; her husband, Charlie; her son, Jim; two sisters, Helen Raburn and Lucille Welsh; and a brother, Charlie Breakey.
Frances will be remembered and missed by many nieces and nephews, neighbors and friends but she will not be forgotten.
A Celebration of Frances's life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 15, 2018 at All Faiths Funeral Chapel, Smith Center, with Pastor Lance McDowell officiating. There will not be a public visitation as cremation was chosen. Private family inurnment will take place in the North Oak Creek Cemetery, Smith County, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Smith Center Public Library or Smith Center Elementary School Library or Redmen Sports Channel 165 and can be sent in care of the funeral chapel.