ELIZABETHTON — Frances Evelyn Julian was born on March 16, 1931, in Carter County, Tennessee. She was the daughter of the late Robert “Bob” Mottern and Pearl Hodge Mottern. Mrs. Frances had been a resident of Hermitage Health Care for the past 2½ years, where she passed away peacefully on December 3, 2011.
In addition to her parents, Frances was preceded in death in 1999 by her loving husband of 50 years, Ezekiel “Zeke” Julian; one sister, Leona; and three brothers, Roe, Gene and Alfred Mottern.
Frances is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Frank Taylor, Elizabethton; a son, Tim Julian, Charlotte, NC; two grandsons, Chad Taylor and Chase Julian, Elizabethton; three granddaughters, Chelsea Erby Julian and husband, Ontario, Jacksonville, FL, Cherish Leigh Julian, Columbia, SC, and Emily Frances Julian, Lincolnton, NC. Also surviving, a brother and sister-in-law, Ebb and Geraldean Julian, San Diego, CA; sisters-in-law, Winnie Julian McClain, Clyde, OH, Jeanette Crowe Mottern, Elizabethton; a very special, loving niece, Bobbi Seifert, Elizabethton; and a good friend, Nina Fulton, Elizabethton. Several other loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, to whom she was very close, also survive.
Mrs. Julian was a member of West Side Christian Church. She was very blessed by the ministry of her church family and minister, Dr. Greg Keys. These folks visited often, deacons brought communion each week and many prayer partners lifted her up, visited, and sent cards and treats regularly. Thank you for this gift of compassion and steadfastness.
While Frances was making her home at the Hermitage, she came to know and love each staff member and caregiver. Mrs. Frances regained her sense of humor and great wit as she developed these relationships. She was totally involved in the activities and loved dearly the activity director, Jennifer Crabtree, and assistant, Tina.
Frances loved to quilt, cross-stitch and sew. She became known as the in-house seamstress. Frances was always willing to help others when she could. The family wishes to thank each member of the Hermitage for the support, love and dedication to the care of Mrs. Frances.
A special thank you to Dr. Vivian Clark, primary physicianm for the love and care shown Mrs. Julian. Also to Sycamore Shoals ICU doctors, nurses and staff and the second floor staff and nurses, for the wonderful care and patience during this difficult time.
The funeral service for Mrs. Julian will be conducted on Saturday, December 10, 2011, at 2:30 PM in the Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Dr. Greg Keys and Todd Burleson, officiating.
The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 1:00 to 2:30 PM on Saturday prior to the service.
Interment will follow the funeral service at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be her two grandsons, Chad Taylor and Chase Julian, along with Frank Taylor, Allan Grindstaff and Glenn Morley. Honorary pallbearers will be Luther McKeehan, Robbie Johnson, Ebb Julian, Bud Julian, Toby Julian, Eddie Mottern, Ronnie Mottern and Billy Mottern.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to West Side Christian Church, 1307 West G Street, Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643; or East Tennessee Christian Home, P.O. Box 1147, Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax 423 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton is serving the family. Office 423 542-2232, obituary line 543-4917.