Frances Eloise Ryan Lindsay, 86, of Pittsfield, died Thursday, July 5, 2012, at the Pittsfield Manor in Pittsfield.
Frances was born in Scott County Aug. 10, 1925, a daughter of Joseph and Hazel Fowler Ryan. She married Lyndell Lindsay on April 19, 1947, at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pittsfield. Lyndell preceded her in death June 4, 2012.
In earlier years, Frances worked at Motorola in Quincy and Brown Shoe Company in Pittsfield. She farmed with her husband near Griggsville and co-owned Lindsay's Tavern for more than 50 years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Mary's Altar Society and American Legion Auxiliary. She was a volunteer for Pike County Out Reach and Meals On Wheels.
Among her greatest joys was spending time with her children and grandchildren, listening to them sing and play music. She loved going to the farm to fish and mushroom hunt in the spring. She was known for her popcorn balls during Halloween and homemade noodles. For years she enjoyed making noodles for the St. Mary's annual turkey dinner. One of her proudest moments was when she and Lyndell were honored as Pittsfield Fall Festival Parade Marshals.
Frances is survived by her children, Rayola Daniel of Pittsfield, Mary (Henry) Gartner of Buffalo, Connie (Randy) McAdams of Pittsfield, Nancy (David) Cordes of Louisiana, Mo., Wally (Stephanie) Lindsay of Pittsfield, Sue (Lindell) Shireman of Pittsfield, Kristine (Bill) Lundberg of Hull and Teresa (Jeff) Davidsmeyer of Winchester. Thirteen grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Martha Wassell of Pittsfield and Roberta Gregory of Winchester survive in addition to many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, James, Bill and Loyd; and sisters, Margaret, Liz, Betty and Hazel.
A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated 2 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pittsfield, with Father Mark Schulte as celebrant. Visitation will be Monday from 4:30-8 p.m. at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Rosary and Prayer service being held at 4 p.m. prior to the visitation. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Pittsfield. Memorials are suggested to be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church Building Fund. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.nieburfh.com. The Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.
Niebur Funeral Home - Pittsfield
530 West Adams Pittsfield, IL 62363
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on July 7, 2012