Frankie Modell Amous was born February 20, 1932, to the late Frank and Rosa Guess Gage in Clinton, OK.
She grew up in Speer, OK, and accepted Christ at an early age. Later she attended St. John Missionary Baptist Church in East Palo Alto, CA.
She received her formal education from Booker T. Washington in Hugo, OK. She was affectionately referred to by close friends and family as “Punnie.” During her school years, she enjoyed playing basketball. She was also Homecoming Queen.
Frankie met and married Tommie Amous on October 8, 1951, in Hugo, OK. Thereafter, they moved to East Palo Alto, CA. They were married for 19 wonderful and blessed years, and to this union, eight children were born, the beginning of the Amous Family Legacy. Later they moved to Milpitas, CA. In June 1970, God called her husband home. Frankie packed up her children and moved back to Oklahoma to be closer to her mother. Frankie and all her children resided with her best friend, Erma Littlejohn, and her family, where they lived until the closing of their home. She raised her children with God by her side. She never remarried. She was a truly devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. Frankie raised her children to love, share and respect each other as brothers and sisters. Raising eight children was not easy, but her children never went without anything. She taught her children at a very early age to love the Lord.
Frankie was genuinely loved by her family and would often boast of her grandchildren’s accomplishments. She loved attending their basketball, softball, and football games.
She was their biggest fan. Frankie was loved by many and always greeted people into her home with a warm welcome.
Frankie was passionate about the Lord and attended Greater New Zion Baptist Church under the late Rev. J.H. Tucker until her health failed. She took pleasure in serving on the Usher Ministry for 55 years. She had a green thumb and loved to ensure the plants at New Zion were adequately taken care of and watered.
On May 11, 2021, Frankie surrendered to the calling of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and left this world peacefully at home.
Frankie was preceded in death by her husband Tommie Amous, parents Rosa and Frank Gage, two sons Terry Don Amous and Marion Joe Amous, one great-grandson, Marcel Deshun Fletcher, Jr. (Duece Superman), six sisters, Gloria Helen Bostic, Arlene Fort, Essie Hamilton, Willie Mae Wilkerson, Wilma Canada, Exalonia Gage, three brothers Louie Fort, CV Gage, Billy Sam Gage, Mother-in-law Gradie Adamson Freeman, Daughter-in-laws Marnita D. Amous, Sandra J. Amous, Sister-in-law Vinnie Fort, Brothers-in-law, Herbert McIntosh, Robert Canada, and Archie Grant. Frankie’s special needs niece Loretta Turner passed away in April 2021; now Frankie is watching over her.
Frankie leaves to mourn her cherished memories, four sons, Lynn Ray Amous of San Antonio, TX, James Edward Amous of San Deigo, CA, Ricky (Veola) Amous of Mililani, HI, Ronnie (Bertha) Amous of Oklahoma City, and two daughters Christiann Lee (John) of Yukon, OK and Rochelle Amous of Oklahoma City, and an adopted daughter Rita (Billy) Loudermilk, 24 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, a special sister/best friend Erma Littlejohn, and host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of relatives and friends.
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