In Memoriam


Sister Frances Barfield, OP (David Therese)

(1932-2022)

I will always remember her as an avid Southern conversationalist, with many a story to tell – always ready for a listening ear and always with her special style and smile.

Sister Jo Gaugier’s remembrance of Sister Frances Barfield concluded with that paragraph written about a woman who was indeed well acquainted with the South, given that Sister Frances was born in Pensacola, Florida, and spent virtually all of her ministerial life in either Florida, Louisiana, or South Carolina.

Frances Louise Barfield was born on July 22, 1932, to Theresa (Post) Streeter, who had married Earl Streeter when she was sixteen and Earl was twenty-six. They moved from their native Gainesville, Florida, to Pensacola, where Earl worked as a mechanic at the Naval Air Station. The couple had two children: Theresa in 1926 and then Frances. By the time Frances was born, however, Earl had deserted the family.

Her mother remarried when Frances was three years old, to David Coulson Barfield, a teacher at Pensacola High School who was “a good and kindly man,” Sister Frances wrote in her autobiography. Four more children came into the family: David, Jesse, Albert, and Genevieve, and David also adopted Frances and her sister.

Read more about Sister Frances (PDF) 

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Avatar  Melissa Hug 4 months agoReply

Sister Fran was such an inspiration to me. She was a sweet, kind, loving and humorous woman, whose deep faith in God and care for those around her were beautiful to behold. We have lost a valiant soul.

Avatar  Val Coles 4 months agoReply

Many fond memories of her time at Christ the King in Terrytown, LA. Especially putting on the play Lazarus. Thank you for your many years of service. Well done good and faithful servant may you rest in HIS peace for eternity.

Avatar  Patty Masson 4 months agoReply

I worked with Sr. Frances in Terrytown, Louisiana at Christ the King Church. I truly loved her. She was a sweet and loving soul. She will be missed.



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