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Frances Messerly

Frances Weeks Messerly

ST. JAMES — Frances Weeks Messerly died at the Missouri Veterans Home in St. James Missouri, on March 13, 2014.

Tancy, as she was known to her family, was born in Sedalia, Missouri, on May 12, 1922, at her parents' home at the corner of Broadway and Barrett. Her parents were John McRoberts Messerly and Helen Judith Ford Messerly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her paternal grandparents, Charles Edward Messerly, a Sedalia merchant and former mayor of Sedalia, and Mary Nicholson McRoberts Messerly; her maternal grandparents, Joseph Chandler Ford and Alice Esther Weeks Ford of Fruitport, Michigan; and her brother, John Ford Messerly.

The family moved from Sedalia to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1926, but moved back to Sedalia in 1931, where Tancy attended Sedalia public schools, graduating from Smith-Cotton High School in 1940. She attended Central Missouri State Teachers College in Warrensburg, Missouri, graduating in 1944 with a bachelor's degree. She then enlisted in the Women's Army Corps and served in New Guinea as a teletype operator, earning the rank of Sergeant.

After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1946, Frances returned to Missouri for a short time and then moved to the Los Angeles, California area, where she worked as an accountant. After Frances's father's death in 1952, her mother joined her in California, and they lived together until her mother's death in 1975. After her mother's arrival, Frances began pursuing a Master's degree in Library Science. After graduation, she was employed by the City of Los Angeles library system, where she worked until her retirement.

After retirement, she returned to Sedalia, where she was reunited with many old friends, including Miss Hazel Gray, a former Smith-Cotton teacher and close friend, as well as acquiring many new friends through her interests in golf and bridge.

She lived happily in Sedalia until October, 2012, when she moved to St. James to be close to her family.

She is survived by two nieces, Mary Patton and Helen Messerly, both of Rolla, Missouri; one nephew, John Messerly of Wappingers Falls, New York; two great-nieces, Emma Rogers and Casey Beck; one great-nephew, Jason Ward; and 13 great-grandnieces and nephews.

Frances was much loved in Sedalia. Her passion was to be of service to others, and she helped many people over the years and gave generously to many worthy causes. She was an avid bridge player and a champion golfer. She will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends.


Published in SedaliaDemocrat.com from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2014
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