Frances Permenter Collum, 91, passed away peacefully at home in Shreveport on Friday, August 4, 2023.
Frances was born on July 15, 1932, in Shelbyville, Texas, to John and Annie Laura Permenter, and graduated from Strong Consolidated High School in Shelby County, Texas, in 1951. In 1956, on the town square in Center, Texas, she met the love of her life, Jack Collum, and they married that same year. For the next 66 years, Frances was by Jack's side through the great adventure of their life together. She was a sure and steadfast anchor for Jack through difficult economic circumstances, an overseas military deployment, and the extensive travel required by Jack's later civilian career in sales and finance.
In 1967, Jack and Frances had their only child, Michael. Frances was a loving, devoted mother until she went to be with the Lord, and her unfailing support allowed her family to prosper. After Michael married, Frances welcomed his wife Susan into the family with open arms, and she was a doting grandmother to her two grandsons, Jack and William.
She loved traveling and spending time with family, both close and extended. She spent her 70th birthday exploring St. Petersburg, Russia, with Jack, her dear sister Jean and husband Clyde, and her 80th birthday hiking at Arches National Park in Utah with Jack, Michael and his family. She also hosted legendary Thanksgiving feasts at her home for three decades, ensuring that her extended family would build multi-generational bonds. She will be missed immeasurably.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Elvin, Talmadge and Guy Permenter, and her sisters Macel Engle and Lillie Rodean "Jean" Jennings. She is survived by her beloved husband Jack E. Collum, her son Michael, her daughter-in-law Susan, and her grandchildren, Jack and William. Services for Frances will be privately held. The family would like to specially thank the compassionate employees at CHRISTUS Hospice Shreveport who cared for Frances in her final illness and also Jack and Frances' many kind neighbors for their generous support during this difficult time.