GALESBURG - Elizabeth Anne "Betty" Franson, 89, of Galesburg died at home at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
She was born Jan. 17, 1925, in Galesburg to Serepta Lightner and Charles Simpson and was raised on farms near Oneida and Henderson. She married Raymond LaVerne Franson at First Lutheran Church in Galesburg on July 16, 1950. He preceded her in death on Nov. 21, 2005.
Surviving are two sons, Dr. Timothy of Zionsville, Ind., and Marc (Marilyn) of Kenilworth, Ill.; one daughter, Karla (Roman) Wegrzyn of Peoria, Ill.; six grandchildren, Scott (Katee) Franson, Rebecca Franson, Melissa (Nick) Laviolette, Brant Wegrzyn, Lesly Wegrzyn and Elizabeth Franson; and one great-grandchild, Maxwell Franson.
Betty graduated from Orion High School and Brown's Business College and worked at the Rock Island Arsenal and Galesburg Soy Products and its successor company, Archer Daniels Midland.
She was active in the Galesburg Lioness Club and was a longtime volunteer at Galesburg Cottage Hospital and Cottage Corner (now Community Treasures). She was very active in First Lutheran Church, singing in the choir for decades, teaching Sunday school and serving in guilds and on the Church Council.
The family wishes to express appreciation to the care provided to her in the final years by Western Illinois Managed Home Care.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Additional visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church, with a funeral service at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Henderson Cemetery. A reception will be at the church following the funeral and burial.
Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church of Galesburg or the Galesburg Rescue Mission and Women's Shelter.
Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.