Mary Frances James Tull

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BETHEL SPRINGS, TENN. - Mary Frances James Tull was born November 4, 1927 in Caruthersville, Mo., the daughter of the late Jessie Tillman and Mary Ada Woods James. She was raised in Weona, graduating from Marked Tree High School in 1946.

She attended Baptist Hospital School of Nursing, Memphis, graduating in 1950. She was united in marriage to Warren Matthew "Sleepy" Tull February 3, 1950 in Weona. They moved to McNairy County, Tenn. in 1952 and she resided on the same farm the rest of her life. Sleepy preceded her in death January 6, 1991.

Her first nursing job was with the Verser Clinic in Harrisburg. After moving to McNairy County, she worked for Smith Clinic until the hospital opened. She worked for McNairy County General Hospital in several roles including Emergency supervisor, OB and OR supervisor and as Director of Nursing. She loved nursing and had dreamed of being a nurse since she was a small child.

She was a member of the Buena Vista Methodist Church, Bethel Springs, Tenn. Previous church affiliations were Weona Methodist Church and Rose Creek Methodist Church in Selmer.

She was a fifty year plus member of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed reading, holiday cooking, church fellowships, Selmer Extension (Family Community Education) Club and traveling to visit her family. Her secret desire was to be a race car driver and anyone who rode with her was aware she loved driving fast.

She was a past member of the Tennessee Nursing Association, American Red Cross and various other nursing organizations in the state of Tennessee.

Mary Frances departed her earthly home June 30, 2015 at the home of her daughter, Rose Marie Moore, surrounded by her family, who were her greatest pride and joy. Surviving are daughters, Margaret Ann Tull, Selmer; Suzanne "Susie" Tull Lambert (Randy), Lawton; Rose Marie Moore (Roger), Bethel Springs; grandchildren: Angel Coleman Roberts (Tom), Huntingdon; Miranda Lambert (Bari Matlock), Lawton; Jessica Lambert Ervin (T.J.), Selmer; Johnathon Meredith, Selmer; Mary-Margaret Katalin Meredith, Murfreesboro; Carson, Bryce and Wesley Moore, Bethel Springs; and Amber Moore Monroe (Grant) of Memphis. Her great grandchildren are: Samuel, Brayden and Hadleigh Brown; Lily and Liam Matlock and Tuesday Ervin.

Also surviving are her beloved sisters, Laura Mae James Privett of Colma, Mich. and Virginia James Odom Boyd of Richlands, NC; many nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a foster son, Frank Coleman, Jr. and a brother, Edward James.

Her funeral was July 2 at Shackelford Funeral Directors, Selmer, Tenn. with interment at Moore School House.

Pall-bearers were Johnathon Meredith, Carson, Bryce and Wesley Moore, Grant Monroe, T.J. Ervin, Bari Matlock, and Tom Roberts.