Franciska "Fran" Tillman, 93, a life-long resident of Sherman passed away on Saturday at her home after a long illness.|
Fran was born on June 5, 1916 in Dallas to Sidney Hess Tillman and Ray Exstein Tillman. Her paternal grandfather, Dr. Emanuel M. Tillman was one of the founders of Temple Emanuel in Dallas. After the death of her father when she was age two, she and her mother moved to Sherman to live with her grandparents, Ike Exstein and his wife Eva Doppelmeyer Exstein, prominent members of the Jewish community of Sherman. She attended Austin College and graduated from the University of Texas in 1937. After graduation she worked for the National Life and Accident Insurance Company when she retired.
Fran was a longtime member of the WNJ Medical Center Auxiliary and donated more than 19,000 volunteer hours and was honored as a Lifetime WNJ Auxiliary Member in 2009. She was a lifelong member of the Sherman Business and Professional Women's Club and volunteered at Home Hospice of Grayson County and Wakefield School where she helped children learn to read. Along with Alan Smith, she helped found the Sherman Community Players and the Sherman Community Series. For many years she attended the Covenant Presbyterian Wednesday Study Group. She was a member of Temple Beth Emeth in Sherman.
She is survived by her cousins. Pauline Finberg and Georgann Lieb and husband Allen and son Ben of Lynnfield, Mass., Barbara Teller and husband Gary of Dunwoody, Ga., Betty Sherman and husband Ed of Tulsa, Okla., Beverly Collin and husband Kevin of Stillwater, Okla., Ronald Stone of Austin, Martin Stone and wife Mary Ann of California, and all their children. She leaves behind dear friends, Bobbye and Arthur Stoolfire, the Wynne family, Betty Stephens, Sheba Stephens, Jean Henry, Marti Kaufman, Mike and Betty Mitchell all of Sherman; Rudolph Fellner of Pittsburgh, Pa., and her faithful caregivers, Letha Greer, Janet Graham, Becky Largo and Donna Berry.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Phillip Pitts and wife Vivian and their children and Rev. Neill Morgan and members of Covenant Presbyterian Church for their care and nurturing during her long illness.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5 at Temple Beth Emeth, 306 N. Rusk, Sherman. Rabbi Anna Bonnhiem will officiate. Family and friends are cordially invited.
Family and friends are cordially invited to a celebration of life memorial service at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 14, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 322 W. Pecan, Sherman. Rev. Neill Morgan will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, Home Hospice of Grayson County or The Wilson N. Jones Hospital Foundation.
Arrangements are under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home.
Published in The Herald Democrat on May 3, 2010