Frances Eleanor Horn Marsiglia was born December 26, 1929 in Voth, Texas to Samuel Hector Horn and OraLee Futch Horn. She grew up in Voth with her five siblings: older brother Vernon “Doc” and sisters Ruth, Anena, LeeOra, and Yvonne. For the majority of her life she was known as Eleanor but in her later years she would introduce herself as Frances.
During WWII, at the age of 12, Eleanor started working with her father at the LNVA water pumping station. Her primary job was to fire the boilers that generated the steam for the giant pump steam engines.
Eleanor attended Beaumont High School then French High School where she was selected as homecoming queen in her senior year. She was also crowned Junior Miss Beaumont in 1946 and then crowned Miss Independence (Miss Beaumont) in 1947.
Eleanor married Michael (Mickey) Marsiglia in 1947 and they had five children: Andrew Joseph, OraLee Marie, Rosalie Concetta, namesake Frances Eleanor, and Michael Vincent. She taught her children to have a deep appreciation for good music such as Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Big Band music like Glenn Miller, Swing, and Louis Armstrong. She shared with them her love of art and her love of humanity. In addition to raising her own five children, Eleanor also opened her home to others and raised them as though they were her own. She would never let them say they could not do something, only that they hadn't done it yet. She taught them that if you get knocked down you get right back up and you try again until you are successful. She wanted her children to learn to be self-sufficient but was always there for them if they needed her.
Eleanor was a published poet, a prolific artist, and successful businesswoman. Even though she didn't have much at times, she always extended a helping hand to anyone that needed it. Some people measure success by how much money they make, but she measured success by the number of people that loved her.
Eleanor passed away on September 17, 2020, at the age of 90 ½. She is survived by her five children, two of her sisters (Ruth and Yvonne), 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and multitudes of nieces and nephews.
To honor the memory of Frances Eleanor Marsiglia, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heritage Village. Please mail checks to Tyler County Heritage Society PO BOX 888 Woodville, Texas 75979 MEMO: Frances Marsiglia Memorial.
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