Harrison County

Malone loved butterflies, making others happy

Butterflies will always remind Barbara Edwards of her baby sister, an artist who created beauty in the world and shared it with others.

Frances Kay "Fran" Malone of Biloxi died March 25 from complications following a medical procedure.

Her family is hosting a celebration of life service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Seashore Oaks Assisted Living at 1450B Beach Blvd., in Biloxi.

Malone was the youngest of five girls, said older sister Barbara Edwards of Brandon.

She moved into Seashore Oaks three years ago because she needed assistance with her daily care. Her daughters, Pam Cosper and Paulette Crews, live in Biloxi and visited often to check on their mom.

"She loved it there," Edwards said. "She was one of those people who are like a shining star or a ray of sunshine."

Edwards watched her baby sister struggle with pain, but those who had not known her all her life probably never knew she was hurting.

"It's like she was smiling through the pain," Edwards said. "She never complained. She'd always say, 'It's in God's hands.'"

Edwards said Malone was a "true inspiration" to the residents at Seashore Oaks.

Her sister was an artist who loved butterflies. She'd decorate butterfly figures with sparkly jewels and paint and give them to her neighbors.