ABCUSD Paraeducator from Cerritos Killed in Rollover Accident on I-40 Near Barstow

Frankie Jo Weaver, 62, was a beloved longtime Cerritos resident who worked with special needs students in the ABC Unified School District for nearly 25 years.

It was Frankie Weaver's bright smile that always stood out to those around her. And no matter what life threw her way, she remained resilient, kind and happy -- an aura of positive energy that her family, friends and colleagues in the ABC Unified School District say they will miss dearly. 

Frankie Jo Weaver, 62, was killed Monday on the Interstate 40 just east of Newberry Springs Road in a rollover accident that San Bernardino County officials say was the result of tire failure.

Weaver, who had just spent the holiday weekend visiting her mother in Bullhead City, Nev., was driving her Ford Explorer on the westbound I-40 near Barstow at about 11:30 a.m. when the driver's side rear tire blew out, causing her to lose control of the SUV. The vehicle then rolled over several times, and crossed over the center divider before coming to rest on its roof in the eastbound lanes.

First responders discovered Weaver suspended inside the overturned vehicle with her seatbelt still fastened. She was declared dead at the scene, according to the San Bernardino County coroner's division. 

Mourning the Loss of a Mother, a Friend, a Longtime ABCUSD Educator

Willa Hall, the victim's best friend and longtime neighbor, last talked to Weaver before she left for her annual Veterans Day trip to see her mother in Nevada.

"Frankie was more like a sister to me than a friend," Hall said. "You can't find a better, more giving person than her. And no matter what happened, she always had a smile for people."

Weaver, who moved to Cerritos in January 1971, has worked as a paraeducator for special needs students at Haskell Middle School for more than two decades. She also spent two years at Tetzlaff Middle School.

"In two weeks she would have made her 25-year mark working in the ABC Unified School District," said Elaine Lima, a world history teacher and ASB advisor at Haskell who has been friends with Weaver for 24 years. "She worked with special ed students alongside teacher Andy Knobloch, and she came to school happy every day."

As a teacher's assistant, Weaver worked closely with a select group of 9 to 15 special needs students each school year, taking them to art class, and accompanying them to a variety of school activities and excursions.  

"She would always treat the kids like they were her own, she'd go to lunch and sit with them every day. Always making sure they followed the same school rules and were treated the same way as the other students," Lima said. "She was awesome with those kids and I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful she was." 

Weaver's two sons, Wayne and Chad, are products of the ABC Unified School District both having graduated from Artesia High School in the early 90s.

"She was the best person I have ever known," said Chad, the youngest of the two.

As news of the tragic accident spread, friends and family of the Weavers showed an outpouring of love and support to Weaver's two sons on Facebook.  

"... I lost my best friend, my world, my everything!!! I will now live my life for my mom and i will live it to the fullest!! I will honor her and she now will live on thru me and my family!!! ..." Wayne Weaver posted as his Facebook status on Tuesday.

In addition to her two sons, Weaver is survived by her mother, brother and granddaughters Sydney, 8, and Reese, 4.

Memorial Service to Be Held on Nov. 17

A memorial service for Frankie Jo Weaver will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17th at 11:30 am at St. Joseph Parish located at 6220 E. Willow St. in Long Beach. Anyone is welcomed to attend.


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Michael Deng November 30, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Sorry for your loss both Wayne and Chad. Your mother was a really nice woman and its unfortunate I never got to know her better. I will always remember her friendly smile when I would drive out of our block on my way to work. She has been a friendly face and nice neighbor throughout my years here and always will be remembered. Your neighbor Michael D. @ 19918 Meadows.
Karen December 08, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Oh Frankie, we All miss YOU So MUCH...
SANDRA MILLER December 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM
I just saw this article, what a nice and special lady. I am shocked by the news. I am a retired school bus driver for this school for many years. She was always one of the people who the special needs children loved and was so good knowing what they all needed. She will be missed.
Rochelle Jackson February 01, 2013 at 02:00 AM
It has been almost 3 months since the passing of my beautiful childhood friend Frankie Walden-Weaver. I am still shaken by the reality of her being gone. We went through many special moments in life from first boyfriends, first cars, high school experiences, marriage, and the births of our children and grandchildren. Although we were separated by distance at times through the years, we never lost contact with eachother. That was one of her special qualities. She never met anyone she didn't like and who didn't like her. To know her was to love her. I fully realize that my life was blessed and enriched to be able to call her friend. To her beautiful family my prayers and thoughts for you today and always. RIP my friend Rochelle Jackson
Sheila Nardelli September 28, 2013 at 02:26 PM
I cannot believe this. I just heard about this so my comment is a long time coming but I just have to say something about Mrs. Weaver. My two children were in Mr. Knobloch's class at Haskell and every morning Frankie would be there to greet them with her warm smile and a big hug. She treated my kiddos like they were her own and she just loved them to pieces! We love you too Frankie and may you be at peace and I just know without even thinking about it that you are in that great classroom in the sky loving all those kiddos the same way! You will be and are dearly missed! With love and prayers to you and your family- Sheila, Monica and Jonathan Nardelli.


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