Mrs. Frances Scott Best Frances Best, 82, wife of the late Johnnie E. Best, Sr. suddenly passed away in Riverdale, GA on Tuesday, November 20, 2007. Frances was born on June 26, 1925 in Homestead, PA to the late Charles and Margaret Scott. She worked at the United States Post Office in New Haven as a postal clerk for twenty seven years. She was a long time member of the Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as a member of the Usher Board and flower club. She also served on the fashion show and harvest bazaar committees. She was a part time employee at the New Haven Public Library and she was a volunteer at the Read Aloud Program. She was a member of the 'Red Hat Society'. Frances is survived by her daughter Joan Spence, a son Johnnie Best, Jr. both of Hamden, and a son Curtis Lee Best of New Haven. Also survived by her sister Agnes Farrar of Hamden, 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and a special friend Frank Prete. She was predeceased by 1 grandchild. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 27 at 11 a.m. from Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church, 1324 Chapel St., New Haven. Friends may call on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church before the service begins. BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN is entrusted with arrangements.

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  1. Dear Best Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time. Frances was a wonderful companion to our -Uncle Sonny- and we know she brought so much joy and happiness to him. We always loved when she joined us for our family gatherings. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

  2. Dear Best Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Nana was a dear friend to all of us. She will be missed. With Love, Edgar and Yvonne James

  3. Dear Family, I can’t express how shocked and saddened I was at hearing about the loss of your loved one. We shared a special bond. It was such a joy to see and greet her. In so many ways, she reminded me of my Grandmother. Remember the good times and those precious memories of her. May God bless and keep you and give you strength to continue on. valarie A. Stone

  4. Dear Family, My heart aches as does yours as we face this temporary separation from one that we loved so much. We have so many wonderful memories to carry us through this time of dealing with our sudden earthly loss of one whom we all loved so much. We can rest in the fact that to be absent from the flesh is to be present with the Lord, blessed are they who die in the Lord. I still get a chuckle every time I think of the time that she and Frank fooled me with the toy cell phone as I tried over and over to place a call, not knowing it was a toy. The two of them were in the front seat of the car, about to burst holding in their laughter as I tried over and over to place a call. They breathed a sigh of relief when I finally figured it out and we three had a hilarious chuckle which resulted in tears as we laughed and laughed. I’m so sorry that I can’t be with you physically at this time, but know that I’m right there in spirit. Aren’t we all fortunate to have known such a wonderful and loving individual that figured out a long time ago that laughter is truly the best medicine! I shall continue to pray for each of you, that you will experience the comfort that only God can provide. All my love, Sandy (AKA Casandra) 515 Big Twig Lane Durham, NC 27703 919 768-0101

  5. Dear Family: I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Frances’ sudden demise. I know from personal experience that mere words are not healing salve in difficult times. But they are one of the few means that we can communicate to people we love and care about that we feel so badly for them and that their pain is our pain. I am hoping that knowing there are so many people who care about you and share your pain over your great loss will bring some comfort. Know that I love all of you and that you are in my thoughts and prayers. You were blessed with such a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and greatgrandmother and I hope that the warm and wonderful memories you have of her and the good times you had together will help to sustain you. I will always remember her beautiful smile and cheerful and encouraging spirit. May God bless and keep you. With all my love and sympathy, Janie C. Holmes

  6. Dear Frances, Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of your Mom, I always enjoyed our times when we bowled together. She was always so great to meet when we would be shopping. I am sure she is at rest and peace now. Marie Matthew sends her best to you also. We were both sorry we could not get to the service. Take care and I hope we will meet again some day soon. Love, Joan

  7. Dear Frances, Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of your Mom, I always enjoyed our times when we bowled together. She was always so great to meet when we would be shopping. I am sure she is at rest and peace now. Marie Matthew sends her best to you also. We were both sorry we could not get to the service. Take care and I hope we will meet again some day soon. Love, Joan

  8. Dear Pat, I was so sorry to hear that you had lost your mother. You have my deepest sympathy. I will pray that God keeps you strong and in his care, God bless you Jenny L. Bennett(Biddie)

  9. Her lively disposition and positive attitude made her an easy person to like. We liked her and we will miss her. Our deepest sympathy.

  10. I am sorry to hear of the loss of Mrs. Best. I was on the Intermediate Usher Board at Immanuel Baptist Church and it was a pleasure serving with her as an Usher. She was such a nice person, as well a caring person. During this time of sorry may Jehovah give you comfort and strength to endure. ‘Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10

  11. I am very sorry for your loss, and I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Bill O’Donnell

  12. John, Pat, Lee, While it was wonderful seeing all of you including your Mom, Nothing could have prepared us for the shock of learning of her sudden passing. You have our deepest sympathy and please know that she and you are in our prayers.

  13. John, Sheila and Family… Our condolences are with you for both Craig and Mrs. Best. Know that God is ‘keeping’ you through it all because He IS the Great Comforter. We are praying for your family. We love you (((BIG HUGS!!!)))

  14. Johnnie and Family, I am so sorry for your losses. You are in my prayers. Sincerely, Rhonda L. Ferrebee

  15. Johnnie and Joan I was sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. You have my deepest sympathy. May God comfort you and your family at this time. Patty Hurse


  17. Mrs. Best was a wonderful person. I enjoyed bring in her prescence, and I know she will be missed by everyone. Lean on God for courage and strength he will supply. Love to all, Annette Farley, Tanisha, Dave, Jonathan, Brandon and Brielle

  18. My last memories of your mom were sitting across from her at Craig and Annette’s dining room table as she laughed, fussed at Lee, and exchanged playfulness with Mr. Farley. She’s one of our mother’s and she will be missed. God’s peace and comfort to you… Yvonne.


  20. Nana, we can’t believe you are gone. You were such a great joy to our family. We love you and will miss you. Love, Reggie, Pat, Justin & Janine

  21. Though words alone are not enough to take away your grief, may caring thoughts and sincere concern help bring your heart relief. With deepest sympathy, the Gethers Family.

  22. To our Immanuel family members, the family of Mrs. Frances Best. Our hearts are saddened at the loss of such a sweet, I mean sincerely sweet and loving woman. She always had a hug, a kiss and a smile for us and our children whenever and wherever we’d see her. We just loved her for the kind an wonderful spirit she had. I see that in the kindness represented in the rest of her family. Those apples truly did not fall far from the tree. Our prayers are with you and we want you to know we are here for you. Immanuel will miss her, but she is happy in heaven with the rest of her loved ones we are sure. Love Always, James, Cheryl, Ashleigh, James Jr. and Nia Huckabey.

  23. To The Best Family, I am so sorry to know that your lovely, smiling Mother has passed away. I remember back(in Brookside) whenever we had a chat her eyes were always smiling. Later in years when we’d meet and chat, those lovely eyes were smiling again. We will keep your family in our prayers!

  24. To the Best Family, My condolences and prayers are with you all. Mrs. Best was such a sweet, sweet person and will surely be missed. The New Haven Ushers Unit will not be the same without her. Our loss is heaven’s gain.

  25. To the Family, Words can not express my shock and saddness. I know that this is an incredible loss to your family as well as to us who knew and loved her. To me Ms. Best as I called her,was a very special lady. She was so special to me. Her smile and her little jestures she would make; would make a smile appear on my face on Sunday mornings, when I entered the doors of Immanuel Baptist Church. And that is what an .usher. is supposed to do. I will miss her, but I do know God and I know that God has given her a place that is safe and without sickness and or pain. Yes, we will grieve, but we will also smile at the footprints she left in our lives. Love and sympathy, Sharyn

  26. To the Family: I feel the pain you are experiencing. My prayers and thoughts go out to you all. I know that it was because of God’s Mercy, kindness and loving care, I survived what you are going through. Please, look to God for your comfort, I know and you need to know that He is always there for you. Keep your precious memories close to your heart, always. Blessings unto the family. Remember that .Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.. Always Stay Prayerful.

  27. We share your loss. I know it may seem hard some days, but stay in the will of God. May God continue to bless your family and ever smile on you. We Love You, Sarah Teague Pamela Teague Richelle Byrd Pamela (Eduardo) Ortiz Shara Teague

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