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 Frances Ester “Fran” <I>Thomas</I> Clickner

Frances Ester “Fran” Thomas Clickner

Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA
Death 3 Aug 1988 (aged 84)
Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA
Burial Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA
Plot Section 4 Space 119
Memorial ID 70069971 · View Source
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Mrs. Frances E. Clickner, 2400 Portage Road passed away Wednesdsy, August 3, 1988 at the Upjohn Community Nursing Home. Mrs. Clickner was born November 23, 1903 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of David Perry and Zaruah Thomas and resided in Kalamazoo most of her life. She was an avid bowler and was an instructor for Junior Bowling as well as for the blind. In 1965 for her interst in the sport she was accorded the honor of being the first lady elected to the Local Bowling Hall of Fame. She was married to Earle E. Clickner, who preceded her in death in 1977. Surviving are her son, Thomas. E. Clickner of Oshtemo; her daughter- in-law, Delores J. Clickner of Kalamazoo; 2 grand-children Kimberly Paul of North Platte, NB, and Terri Russell of Williamston, MI; 2 great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Young of Ludington; several nieces and nephews. Also preceding her in death in 1963 was her brother, Barton Thomas of Nipomo, CA. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Truesdale Funeral Home Westnedge at Milham with the Rev. George Haremann of the First United Methodist Church officiating, Memorial contributions may be made to the Upjohn Community Nursing Home, Visitation 7-9 this evening and 2-4 and 7-9 Friday.

Published in Kalamazoo Gazette

Kalamazoo's "first lady in bowling" Frances Clickner, died Wednesday at Upjohn Community Nursing Home. She was 84.

Clickner began bowling in 1929 at the old Ideal alleys, located on the third floor of the Gilmor's building on what is now the Kalamazoo Mall. She was watching her husband, Earle, compete in a league competition at the YMCA lanes, then on West Michigan Avenue.
"It seemed like such fun, I decided to get involved in it." she told the Gazette in 1983 on her 80th birthday.

Her early leadership helped women's bowling grow swiftly in Kalamazoo, as she held a number of local, state and national offices in the Woman's International Bowling Congres logging more than 100,000 miles to 41 WIBC tournaments. She was an orgaizer of the first women's bowling league in Kalamazoo in 1930-31.

Clickner was born Frances Thomas on Nov. 23, 1903, in Grand Rapids to David Perry and Zaruah (Ruey) Thomas. She moved with her family to Kalamazoo in 1912. She graduated in 1922 from Kalamazoo Central High School and on Aug. 14, 1922 she married Earle D. Clickner, who is deceased.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Truesdale Funeral Home, Westnedge and Milham , in Portage.

Published in Kalamazoo Gazette

Frances Clickner who died here Wednesday, was Kalamazoo's first outstanding woman bowler.

She helped write many brilliant chapters in Kalamazoo's bowling history with her individual exploits and was the first inductee into the Kalamazoo Area Woman's Bowling Hall of Fame. But Fran Clickner was much more than a bowling star. In fact, probably involvement she enjoyed most was working with the bowlers from the McKercher Rehabilitation Center.

That was typical because she cared so much for people of all ages and from all walks of life. There are few in this community whose lives have not been touched in a positive way by Frances Clickner.

Soft spoken, quick to smile and eager to help. Fran Clickner was a wonderful woman we were proud to know and admire.

Published in Kalamazoo Gazette

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