- Cullman, Alabama

November 13, 2013

Frances Ruth Duke Ponder

Ridout’s Valley Chapel in Homewood

BIRMINGHAM — Frances Ruth Duke Ponder

Frances Ruth Duke Ponder, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Birmingham. She was born in Aug. 8, 1919, to Vera Foust Duke and Conrad J. Duke in Cullman, where she lived most of her life. She married Elbert E. Ponder and made a career of helping him in his many projects and business interests. She and Elbert enjoyed 65 years of marriage, family, friends, fun, church and community achievements in Cullman and Destin.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sister, Wilma Chambers; and great-grandson, John Clark Eidson.

She is survived by her daughters, Joyce Cahoon and Suzy (Bill) Eidson; grandchildren, Greg (Kathie), Doug (Julia), Kara and Robert (Susan); great-grandchildren, Chase, Morgan, Audrey, Riley, Elizabeth, Patrick and Phillip. She is also survived by her brother, Charles Duke (Dorothy) and his family.

A celebration of her life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Grace Episcopal Church in Cullman, followed by a reception in the parish hall where friends and family may share “Frances” memories.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Frances Ponder to Grace Church, 304 Arnold Street NE, Cullman, AL 35055; or St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 3775 Crosshaven Dr., Birmingham, AL 35243.

Ridout’s Valley Chapel in Homewood assisted the family with arrangements.