Frances Bell <I>Epley</I> Christianson

Frances Bell Epley Christianson

Birth
Carpenter, Mitchell County, Iowa, USA
Death 27 Dec 2011 (aged 99)
Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Blooming Prairie, Steele County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 82754838 · View Source
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Frances Bell Epley was born on December 1, 1912 to Guy and Edith Epley in Carpenter, Iowa. During early years her family farmed in Southern Minnesota and later moved to Austin, Minnesota. She graduated from the Rose Creek Public school in 1930. She then attended Teachers Training School in Austin and taught in rural schools throughout Southern Minnesota for the next 22 years. She continued her teachers training in several Minnesota Universities including St. Cloud, Winona and Mankato. In 1948 she married Wagner Christianson. God blessed her family with a daughter, Judy. They continued to live in Austin for the next 44 years. During this time Wagner worked for the Hormel Meat Packing Industry. He died June 16, 1992. Following retirement Frances used her talents by quilting, Hardanger, tatting, crocheting and reading. Throughout her life, she enjoyed serving her Lord by teaching Sunday school and quietly living her strong faith. She was very active in missions and helped to support a school in Tanzania East Africa by making and selling note cards and prayer shawls. She helped to build an educational facility there that will continue to serve young men and women as they prepare their lives for ministry and service.

Frances moved to Shorewood Senior Campus in Rochester, Minnesota at age 89. There she continued share her talents. There she enjoyed Bible studies, Sew and Sew, entertaining and caring for friends and family. Her former neighbors, students and new friends enriched her life at Shorewood.

In the past 3 months Frances was a resident at Samaritan Bethany Heights where she celebrated her 99th birthday, serving red velvet cupcakes and coffee to all who stopped in. She was loved and cared for by the staff and many special friends.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Edith Epley, two brothers, Earl and Guy Jr. and a sister Pearl. She is survived by one daughter, Judy (Allan) Trautman and 2 grandchildren, Chris and Laura, her sister Helen and two sister-in-laws, Margaret Epley and Marion Christianson.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 30, 2011 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2830 - 18th Ave NW, Rochester, with the Rev. Laura Sutherland and Rev. Siri Strommen-Campell officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Burial will be in Blooming Prairie Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Mount Olive Lutheran Church for Tanzania, East African Missions.

Obituary and photo from Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home.


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  • Created by: DaveVangsness
  • Added: 31 Dec 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 82754838
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frances Bell Epley Christianson (1 Dec 1912–27 Dec 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 82754838, citing Blooming Prairie Cemetery, Blooming Prairie, Steele County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by DaveVangsness (contributor 16959198) .