Frances Oswald, formerly of Sedalia, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Frances was born on October 12, 1914 in Warrensburg, Missouri, daughter of Chris Goodwin and Tula Cameron.
Frances grew up on a farm in Johnson County, Missouri east of the Walker School House. She graduated from the Warrensburg Training High School on May 22, 1933 and attended classes at Central Missouri State Teachers College. During World War II Frances worked with Producer's, in Warrensburg, preparing supplies for the military. After the war, she assisted her sister and brother in law with Eddie's Drive In located in Sedalia. Frances worked with Agnes and Eddie until she retired.
On February 14, 1943, in Springfield Missouri, Frances married Byron F. Oswald. They were married for 53 years and had one daughter, Sara G. Oswald. They lived on Quisenberry Road, just east of the little White School House. Throughout her life Frances enjoyed gardening, caning and quilting. Sunday dinners at her home were a family favorite since they included fresh produce from her garden and wonderful handmade gifts. Frances was active in Pettis County 4-H and received the "Pearl Clover" from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture in 1969 for fifteen years of club leadership. Frances and Byron where also members of the First Baptist Church in Sedalia.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband Byron in 1997 and her daughter Sara in 2008. She was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters; Marvin Goodwin of Newton, IA, Marion Goodwin of Sedalia and Kenneth Goodwin of Newton, IA. Lois Garst of Marshall and Agnes Boysel of Sedalia.
Frances is survived by her grandson, Shaun Melvin of Minneapolis, MN whom she has lived with since 2008. Frances continued to have an active lifestyle into her late nineties which included quilting, baking and regular outings.
The family will hold private funeral services in Minnesota.