JORGENSON, Frankie E. (Ford)
Frankie Edna Ford Jorgenson went home to be with her Savior Jesus Christ and her beloved A.J. on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at Wilkins Nursing Center in Duncan. She is now free from the pain of this earthly body and singing a strong alto beside A.J.’s baritone in the heavenly choir. Frankie was born on Aug. 6, 1929, in the community of Arthur to Inez and Hardy Ford. She grew up and went to school at Arthur through eighth grade. They moved into town in 1942, across from Immanuel Baptist church. She began attending church at Immanuel, where she gave her heart to the Lord and was baptized. Frankie graduated from Duncan High School in 1947. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from USAO in Chickasha in 1977, finishing second in her class. She received a secondary education degree and taught middle school math in Washington and Texas. She married the love of her life A. J. (Andrew John) Jorgenson on Sept. 25, 1949, in Duncan. They had their first date on horseback. A.J. and Frankie had been married 55 years when he passed away in 2005. They had two children a daughter Andrea and a son David. When A.J. felt the call to the ministry, Frankie joined him as a servant of the Lord. She served alongside A.J., as he pastored churches in Oklahoma, Texas and the state of Washington, including Central High, Plato Baptist and Northside Baptist in Lawton. She sang in the choir and was the pianist in many of the churches where they served. She was also actively involved in Acteens. She went to camps, movies, mission trips, and spent many a night sleeping on the floor at Acteen slumber parties. Frankie’s pride and joy were her five grandchildren and they loved their Memaw dearly. She took each of them to Six Flags over Texas and rode all of the rides. She also took them to Ranger baseball games. She especially liked to take them to the Fourth of July game and fireworks show. Frankie was a huge sports fan. Her favorite teams were OU, the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Mavericks. She followed all of their games and knew the players, the stats and the standings of each team. In 2003 she had a stroke that paralyzed her left side and necessitated a move to Wilkins Nursing Center. She handled it with grace, humor and continued to be a witness for the Lord. She loved all of her caregivers and they loved her. She will be missed by all who had the privilege to know her. Frankie was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. She was an inspiration to those who knew her. We love her and will miss her as we keep her in our hearts. Frankie was preceded in death by her parents, Hardy and Inez Ford; husband A.J. Jorgenson; a nephew, Michael Busbee; and a dear cousin, Helen Jo Wilson. She is survived by her children: daughter Andrea Prindle and husband Gary of Duncan, son David and wife Patty of Tulsa; five grandchildren: Michael Prindle and wife Julia of Houston, Texas, Amy Wooten and husband Johnny of Murphy, Texas, Daniel Jorgenson of New York City, N.Y., Timothy Jorgenson of Norman, and Julia Jorgenson of China; a great-grandson, John David Wooten Jack of Murphy; and a sister, Johnnie and husband Bill of Rockwall, Texas. She is also survived by five nieces and nephews, and many special cousins. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Fair Baptist Church with the Rev. Gene Jorgenson officiating and the Rev. David Spangler assisting Internment will be at the Duncan cemetery under direction of Carter-Smart Funeral Home. Family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Timothy Jorgenson, Michael Prindle, Rick Prindle, Johnny Wooten, Lynn Wilson and Daniel Jorgenson. Her family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff, nurses, and caregivers at Wilkins Nursing Center for the wonderful care they gave Frankie over the last eight years.