Frances (Fran) Marilyn Leeper Cassels, Age 75, of Irving/Las Colinas, Texas, died suddenly on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Fran, her husband James and their close friends, Roy and Ginger Battle, were on a Caribbean cruise celebrating the Cassels 53rd wedding anniversary.
Fran is survived by her husband, James Cassels, son Greg Cassels and his fiance Laury Miceli, son James B. Cassels, grandchildren Collin, Alexandria, Austin, Bryce and Landyn Cassels, sister Sharon Rauch, an aunt, uncle and several cousins. Her devotion to her family was accompanied with unconditional love.
Fran was born November 25, 1942 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Mary Bird Leeper and Vernon Leeper. After graduating from Byrd High School she attended Northwestern State College. She moved to Dallas in 1962 and worked for Collins Radio and Sun Oil Company. She met her true love, James Cassels, and they were married February 13, 1965 and begin their life together in Grand Prairie, Texas.
In Grand Prairie she served several positions in the Grand Prairie Woman’s Club including President 1984-1985; charter member of the DFW Medical Center Foundation, served as Chairman for two terms; Chair of the Mistletoe Ball twice and The Festival of Trees; member of Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation and Chamber of Commerce; Charter member of Broad Investments of Grand Prairie; Historic Women’s Birthday Club of Grand Prairie; president of Epsilon Sigma Alpha 1970-1971; active member for many years of Tennis Competitors of Dallas; and, most importantly, member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1987-1998, where she served on the Altar Guild.
In Las Colinas Fran was a member of Irving Woman’s Club; Las Colinas Woman’s Association; served on the Board of Directors and several committees at Las Colinas Country Club; Las Colinas Women’s Golf Association; TCD & DIL tennis; Irving Symphony League; Irving Community Theater Guild. Lyric Stage musical theatre was one of her passions. She served as Chairman of the Board for several years; Lyric Stage League president three different years; chaired the Cabaret fundraiser in 2005; volunteered whenever and wherever she was needed; was the recipient of the 2007 Lillie Hinde Award for “a volunteer who exemplifies Lillie’s commitment to Lyric Stage with their time and talents”.