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Frances Pulcheria Wagner Mulligan
Birth: Jun. 2, 1894
Homer Glen
Will County
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 29, 1961
El Centro
Imperial County
California, USA

My 1st cousin Fran and I are named after our Grandma Frances. Both of our Daddy's are brothers.

Frances Pulcheria (Wagner) Mulligan was born June 2, 1884 to Bernard Henry Wagner and Mary Pulcheria Reed.

Frances was one of 10 children:

Loretta 1889-1906,
Clarence 1890-1988,
Genevieve 1892-1981,
Frances 1894-1961,
Marguerite 1896-1972,
Boy died as an infant,
Josephine 1898-1994,
Twins died as infants, boy & girl,
Eva 1908-1977.

Frances was born in Homer Glen, Illinois. She came to Colorado from Illinois with her family in 1910. At first they lived on a farm near Meade, Colorado. Later her father bought a farm (the Wagner Ranch) at Gowanda, west of Platteville, Colorado.

Frances graduated from Longmont High School in the class of 1912. She and her brother Clarence and sisters, Eva, Josephine, Marguerite and Genevieve all studied teaching at Colorado State Teachers College, Greeley, Colorado. Josephine graduated with a History major, Marguerite with a major in Mathematics, Genevieve with a major in Romance Languages, Clarence, Eva and Frances with a major in English.

On her mother's side she and her 1st cousin Viola Reed are descended from and the Great-Granddaughters of the James Ritchey / George Reed famlies, who were documented as early settlers of Illinois. Frances is the Granddaughter of Margaret A. Ritchey and Nelson Reed.

She married George William Mulligan in 1914. Together they raised 6 children, each one of whom made substantial contributions to better our world.

Rod born 1915
Rachel born 1917
Tom born 1920
Jim born 1922
Ramona born 1923
Virgil born 1927

Four served our country as WWII Veterans. After the war, one was a U.S. Post Office Postmaster. One was a Pastor. Three were teachers. One was an Aerospace Engineer, who worked on our nation's space program from the first monkey in space through the Mercury Program, Apollo Program, Skylab, the Space Shuttle Program and various missle and satellite projects.

Following George's death, Frances ran the family farm, with the help of her children, until 4 of the 6 children left to fight WWII. Being widowed and with 4 of her 6 children away with the war, Frances was forced to give up the family farm. She moved into town and took in laundry to make ends meet.

After WWII ended, Frances was grateful that her prayers for her children, paid off. Her daughter and all 3 sons safely returned home. The family always felt very blessed to have all four survive WWII.

While in her early 40's, Grandma was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. In those days, they didn't know much about how to treat MS. She lived most of her later years in a nursing facility, as she could no longer walk. We lived a few hours away and my folks took us to visit Grandma, in the nursing home, one weekend a month. As a little girl, I didn't really understand how difficult it was for Grandma, to be bedridden. She played the hand she was dealt, she made the best of it. She always put on a happy face and seemed to be so cheerful, when we visited her.

She loved the holidays. She wanted us to enjoy life and not waste one moment. She would tell us that life goes by so quickly, to enjoy God's blessings and appreciate what we've got.

Grandma never complained about the many hardships in her life. She raised her children with no indoor plumbing. She cooked on a wood burning stove and oven. Had a well pump for water at the kitchen sink, and used kerosene lamps for light. She never had indoor plumbing until the end of WWII. After her boys returned from the war, they made sure their Mom had an indoor commode.

Grandma never saw any hardships in her life. She felt she was blessed. She said that she "didn't need fancy stuff". She said she was grateful that God always provided for her and she always had enough. She loved and trusted in the Lord.

Despite the health challenges, she remained cheerful and good natured. She didn't complain, instead she encouraged others. Friends and family always said that after visiting her, they came away feeling uplifted and more cheerful than before they arrived. Even while bedridden Frances glowed with joy and love.

Frances passed away and entered heaven November 29, 1961. I truly admire my Grandma Frances. She was much loved. She is very dearly missed, by not only friends and family, but by all who knew her.

Grandma, I love you. We'll meet again in Heaven.


Thank you Glenn LaRocque for the great picture of the gravestone.


Thank you Always in my heart for so kindly sponsoring Grandma Fran. I shall be forever grateful.

Family links: 
  Bernard Henry Wagner (1861 - 1935)
  Mary Pulcheria Reed Wagner (1869 - 1928)
  George William Mulligan (1883 - 1937)*
  George Rodrick Mulligan (1915 - 1986)*
  Rachel Frances Mulligan Stanfield (1917 - 1981)*
  Thomas Joseph Mulligan (1920 - 1990)*
  Mary Ramona Mulligan Brand (1923 - 1974)*
  Clarence John Wagner (1890 - 1988)*
  Genevieve M Wagner Vallat Woelfel (1892 - 1981)*
  Frances Pulcheria Wagner Mulligan (1894 - 1961)
  Margaret Catherine Wagner Spivey (1896 - 1972)*
  Eva Cecilia Wagner Schmidt (1908 - 1977)*
*Calculated relationship
Riverview Cemetery District
Imperial County
California, USA
Plot: SECTION C, Lot 10, Space 41
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Record added: Sep 01, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58069357
Frances Pulcheria <i>Wagner</i> Mulligan
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