On Thursday, February 4, 2021, Mary Frances Lykins, 91, went to be with her heavenly Father and her husband of 53 years, Robert Elwood Lykins.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen Fitzpatrick and husband Billy Ray Fitzpatrick of Etowah, her son, Stephen Robert Lykins and wife Donna Lykins of Murfreesboro, TN. Grandchildren include Nicholas Iway, Brianne Blythe, Martin Lykins, and Andrew Lykins. Mary Frances was blessed with 7 great-grandchildren and 1 more due to make her appearance in March.
Mary Frances was a life long member of the Church of Christ, most recently the Hendersonville Church of Christ on Haywood Road. Her love of the Lord was evident in every area of her life. Mary Frances and Bob enjoyed having others into their home, creating many opportunities for fellowship and relationship building among their Christian brothers and sisters. She had a special passion for the widowed and singles of congregations they attended. She taught Ladies Bible Class and was always there when the church doors were open. They were a host family to a family from the Philippines and two single men from Ethiopia.
Carolina Village has been her home for the past 11 years. During Covid, the staff easily filled in as a loving family to her. Although born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana, Mary Frances lived in six states during her lifetime. Earlier vacations included family camping trips all over the Western United States, her favorite being Yosemite National Park. She loved fishing on quiet lakes, usually catching more fish than anyone else in the family. Once they became empty nesters, Bob and Mary Frances enjoyed cruises to Europe, Alaska, Panama Canal, and South America along with trips to the Orient and Australia. She later cruised to Tahiti and the Mediterranean with her granddaughter. She loved to travel!
Family never doubted the deep love Mary Frances had for each and every one. She was always generous with her time and support whenever needed. Although she will be missed here on earth, she would want all who knew her to rejoice that she had a good and happy life and is now being rewarded with a home in heaven.
Graveside service will be conducted Brother Jerry Senn at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:00. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Southeastern Children’s Home P.O. Box 339 Duncan, SC 29334.