Frances Rawlins <I>Hayes</I> Eccles

Frances Rawlins Hayes Eccles

Lewiston, Cache County, Utah, USA
Death 31 Dec 2004 (aged 86)
Lewiston, Cache County, Utah, USA
Burial Lewiston, Cache County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 35532460 · View Source
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Suggested edit [with some names removed] Frances Rawlins Hayes Eccles, 86, died at the home of her daughter of causes incident to age on Dec. 31, 2004.

Frances was born Nov. 28, 1918, in Lewiston Utah, the town her ancestors pioneered. She was the middle of the five children of Clement Lewis and Gertrude Smith Rawlins. She was born during the deadliest influenza epidemic the U. S. has ever seen, which caused her family to fear for her life, but her spunk served her well then and throughout the rest of her life.

Frances was born to move: she loved horses, doll buggies (but not dolls), roller-skating, dancing and anything with wheels, including her Thunderbird. She was competitive, enjoyed bridge and playing games with her family. Independent and adventurous, she was frequently reprimanded for wandering far from home. She developed a passion for reading early on and never lost it.

Frances graduated from North Cache High School and Utah State University, where she participated in many organizations including Kappa Delta and student government. She was an active member of the LDS Church.

She married Charles Hayes in 1942 and moved often throughout the U.S. due to his government job. They had two children and divorced in 1957. Frances returned to Utah and taught school in Salt Lake until her retirement in 1982. In 1965, she married Stewart B. Eccles (who died in 1999). She was involved in the lives of his three children and their 18 children.

Frances is survived by her two children, Charles of Atlanta, Ga. and Stephanie of Salt Lake City. She was a "fun" grandma to Charles Hayes of London, England, Christine of Atlanta, Ga., and Angela Frances and Timothy of Bountiful, Utah.

Grannie Frannie adored her great-grandchildren; Frances/ baby sister, Dixie (William) Linn of Elkridge Utah, is the last surviving sibling.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Auntie Fern; beloved sister Berness; brothers Clem and Sydney; and husband, Stewart.

In accordance with her wishes, she will be interred next to her parents in the "most beautiful valley in the world," in Lewiston.
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  • Maintained by: Nancy Day
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Frances Rawlins Hayes Eccles (27 Nov 1918–31 Dec 2004), Find a Grave Memorial no. 35532460, citing Lewiston City Cemetery, Lewiston, Cache County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Nancy Day (contributor 47245593) .