BAY CITY, Texas — Julia Ella Ford, 96, of Bay City passed away June 16, 2021. She was born March 4, 1925 in Valesco, Texas to the late Leo J. Franzina and Sophie Kolatchney Franzina.
She worked as a PBX Operator during WWII and later at Matagorda General Hospital. She also served as a substitute teacher. She was an avid trail-rider. Her favorite was the Salt Grass Trail Ride. She also loved to deer hunt. She was involved in many of the Matagorda Huebner cattle moves well into her 80’s. She loved going to her ranch and checking on her cattle and calves.
She was a life member of VFW Post 2438 Ladies Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas E. Ford; an infant daughter Mary Margaret Ford; a brother Norman Franzina; and a granddaughter Rachel Ford. Survivors include daughters Linda Mangold (Jim) and Nancy Fryberger (Lynn); sons Thomas “Tom” Ford Jr. (Reba), Larry Ford and Gary Ford (Roxanne Schelp); brother Cecil Franzina (Patricia); grandchildren Thomas Joseph, Vic and Jason Mangold, Eddie Ford, Kristie Ford, Jana Townzen, Jessica Fry, Alli Aparicio, Logan Ford, Julia Fryberger, Jacob Fryberger and Henry Schelp; great grandchildren Bailey Schelp Nicole Schelp, Ashley. Ashton and Colton Mangold, Mekenzie, Wyatt and Ty Mangold, Mallorie, Chase, Clay, Kyle and Caleb Ford, Jake Townzen, Kambrie and Rhylin Fry and Aaron Fryberger, Katelyn, Aliyah and Kade Fryberger; and great-great grandchildren Zaylynn and Rynleigh Fryberger and Amelia Garcia.
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, June 21, 2021 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Her sons and grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Bay City. 979-245-4613.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
P.O. Box 669
Bay City, TX 77404
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 20, 2021