Frances Elise Read

May 19, 1929 ~ April 10, 2020 (age 90)


Frances Elise (Arp) Read, 90, died April 10, 2020 in Chandler, Arizona. 

Beloved mother of Martha (Tom) Wyman of Papillion, NE, Leonard Read (Laura Soldan) of Chandler, AZ and Elisa McCall of Chandler, AZ; grandmother of John Wyman (Breanne) of Purcellville, VA, Rachel Wyman Dawson (Matt) of Morehead City, NC, Trevor Read (Lynnea) of Mesa, AZ, Lindsay Read Frye (Jon) of Gilbert, AZ, James McCall of Denver, CO and Andrew McCall of Chandler, AZ; great-grandmother to Tobias Wyman, Sawyer Wyman, Emerson Wyman, Campbell Wyman, Fiona Dawson, Alyx Read, William Read, Madalynn Frye and Raegyn Frye. 

She is preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, James Frederick Read; parents, Henry and Harriette Arp; sister, Dorothy Toomey; and her son, John Henry Read.

Frances modeled love, support, and acceptance. She was always ready to listen and encourage, but was feisty and funny until her last day.  Frances loved Coke, Oreos, giraffes, flowers, gardening, cooking, bird watching, painting, and quilting.  She often said that her favorite job was running her father’s business, Arp Hardware, in Cheyenne.  She missed Jim terribly the last 2 ½ years and we are so happy that they are together again in Heaven.  Frances, mom, grandma, and great-grandma will be greatly missed.

James Frederick Read, 87, died June 27, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Winifred; brother, Robert Read; and his son, John Henry Read.

Jim modeled hard work, integrity, and helping family in any way needed. He was generous, loyal, and funny.  In 55 years of construction he worked in five states and 58 different towns, which translates to a lot of funny hotels and greasy spoon restaurants—his words. He loved getting new tools and teaching the next two generations how to do home, yard, and building projects.  Family traditions were especially important to Jim and he never missed a holiday or birthday with family.

A graveside memorial service and inurnment is being held at Lakeview Cemetery in Cheyenne, Wyoming on August 1, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. to honor both Jim and Frances.

Services are entrusted to Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001.

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