Frances King Gage


Frances King Gage, 91, of Austin, Texas, passed  away on December 3, 2020.  She was born February 14, 1929 to George and Ruth Bryan Duke in Hope, Arkansas.  She was the oldest of four children.

Frances’ family lived in McGregor, Texas and moved to Austin in 1943, where she attended Austin High School.  She and Lewis King were married in Austin, where they raised their four children. They were members of Crestview Methodist Church where she met her lifelong friends Jean Hutson and Lois Wageck.  She started one of the first after school daycares,  “Kings Kooky Kampers”.

She later married Louie Gage.  They lived on Bluebonnet Farm near Lockhart, Texas.  They were long time members of Lockhart First United Methodist Church.  Frances was a member of the Red Hat Society, Irving Club, Founded the Senior Activity Center in Lockhart, and was awarded the 2011 Texas Democratic Women’s Caldwell County Legend.

The true joy of her life were her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was affectionately known as Nanny and Grandma and made them each feel as though they were her favorite.  On the day of her death, her nephew Ricky said, “Well, there will be a whole lot more “Bling” in Heaven now”.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Louie Gage, sister Zelda Herrington, and sister-in-law Irene Duke.  She is survived by her brother Charles Duke and wife Barbara, brother-in-law Raymond Herrington,  brother George Duke III and wife Brenda.  She is also survived by her son Sam King and wife Lesli, son Tom King and wife Diane, daughter Cindy Bradford and husband David,  daughter Angie Huff and husband John.  Frances is also survived by twelve grandchildren, twenty-three great grandchildren and three more on the way.  She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.  

We want to express our deep gratitude to Brookdale Hospice caregivers, Sharon, Kyleigh and Holly.  We especially thank her daily caregivers, Joann and Joan.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Brookdale Hospice or your favorite charity.

There will be a private family graveside service. Her six grandsons will be serving as pallbearers.


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