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Frances Colgan "Fran" Kress


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Frances Colgan "Fran" Kress Obituary
Frances "Fran" Colgan Kress

Knoxville, TN

Frances "Fran" Colgan Kress died quietly at home August 9th, of complications following a severe lung infection in early 2018. She was born in 1913 and lived a full, competent, spirited life to the end, just shy of her 105th birthday. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Marvin C. "Jack" Kress and her only son, Michael B. Kress, a retired Marine. She leaves behind her only daughter, Laura J. Kress, and the daughter and son of her heart, Robin John Berry and Frank Crosby.

She touched the lives of many people throughout her long life of volunteerism and work as a personnel service director and mental health staffer. She is being remembered for her kindness, wit, business acumen, charm and soothing manner. Having been raised the third oldest of fourteen children in a small, close knit, Irish Catholic town, she always treated people warmly, making everyone feel "at home" in her presence.

Special blessings on her friend Jerry Vaughn, Donna Sise and caregivers from Seniors Helping Seniors, Ann, Catherine, Sally, Betty and Linda whom she loved as family.

She chose to donate her body to science through Restore Life USA (423) 631-0067. Her Memorial Mass will be held at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in several weeks with the day and time to be published at a later date.
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Aug. 12 to Aug. 14, 2018
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