Frances Ann Hightower
1938 - 2020
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born October 27, 1938 in East Chicago, Indiana, departed this life on Monday, July 6, 2020 in Lansing, MI. Frances was raised by her mother, Eunice Jones with her 7 siblings: brothers, Irvin and Judson(Lucinda) and sisters: Patronella, Gloria, Bernice, Geraldine and Dorothy. Frances was a devoted mother, sister, friend, soror, educator and Christian, who was actively engaged in her community. She loved playing her piano, spending time with family and friends and caring for her pets. Frances spent her early childhood in Idlewild, MI and later moved to Gary where she graduated from Tolleston High School in 1955. She received a Bachelors of Science and Masters degree in Elementary education at Indiana University. Frances devoted her entire 34 year career to educating Gary's youth at Washington Elementary School. She was loved by students, parents and fellow educators demonstrated by the numerous awards she received including Teacher of the Year from the Gary Community School Corporation. Frances was a lifetime member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Gary Alumnae chapter and held a variety of roles since pledging in 1978. Frances was a devout follower of Jesus Christ and enjoyed reading the bible. She was an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church and later a founding member and one of the first ordained deacons at Trinity United Church of Christ both in Gary. After retiring from the Gary Community School Corporation, Frances worked with Success For All for several years in New York City, training teachers how to teach reading to their students. Frances is survived by her only child, loving and devoted daughter, Shonda Hightower; sister Gloria and brother Judson and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family members, sorors and friends. Visitation: Sunday, July 12, 2020 12:00-8:00 pm, family hour 2:00-4:00 pm at the Guy & Allen Chapel, 2959 W. 11th Ave. Funeral service: Monday, July 13, 2020 11:00 am at Trinity United Church of Christ, 1276 W. 20th Ave. Interment: Oak Ferns Cemetery. MASKS ARE REQUIRED!!! FUNERAL IS PRIVATE FOR FAMILY!! THERE WILL NOT BE A REPAST.



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Published in Post-Tribune from Jul. 10 to Jul. 11, 2020.
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July 25, 2020
Shonda, I’m saddened to see that your beautiful smiling mom has transitioned to heaven. She was always so sweet and kind whenever I saw her. May God comfort you while you cherish your memories. Sorry I didn’t know sooner. Love, Monique Watson
Monique Watson
Friend
July 24, 2020
Patrick LeBlanc
Friend
July 22, 2020
I loved Mrs Higjtower as I knew her at the time as our neighbor, and being a young girl, she was class personified, and as I recall my beautiful memories of her now, and since giving my life to Christ, I realize that what drew me to her was her Christ-like nature, she WAS that Proverbs 31 Woman....a wife of noble character....she role modeled and exemplified Christ to me at a very young age....Thank you Lord for receiving her into Your glorious presence, where there is joy forevermore.....
Carolyn (Greene) Dickinson
Neighbor
July 17, 2020
Frances was truly a beautiful person. Children just hung from her as if suspended by some magical string, and in all the time I knew her at Calvary, I never heard a disparaging word about her from a single person. She was one who could not bring a frown, it seemed, to a single brow. Her soft voice just embraced every little person like a down-stuffed blanket, and I know of not one adult who spoke of her with anything but love.
Dorothy R Nevils
July 16, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.Francis was a beautiful Delta! I will miss her. Janice Williams
Janice Williams
Friend
July 16, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Janice Williams
Friend
July 14, 2020
Hi my name is kevin mckinney. I used to go to calvary lutheran church with frances hightower. She was a nice person and good educator.
July 12, 2020
You always be remember as the Aunt that with heart of love always loving attitude. Blessed to know You.
Minnie Alexander
Family
July 12, 2020
My Soror; A beautiful person both inside and outside. A shining star!
Ernestine Dobbins
Friend
July 12, 2020
Truly heartbroken, she will forever & always be my favorite teacher. She was my 1st grade teacher. She also taught my aunts and uncles.
Tamara Harris
July 12, 2020
As you remember and mourn your loss, know that you are being thought of with warmth and sympathy. Frances was a good friend, kind- hearted and my Soror sister. May God continue to wrap His arms around you and family.
Christine Clay
Friend
July 12, 2020
Precious memories - how oh how they linger!! Fran was my friend for over sixty years, I was the maid of honor at her wedding and Shonda is my goddaughter. We spent many wonderful times together and many hours on the phone. She had a sweet, kind spirit, she loved her God, her family, her students, her friends her neighbors and my family. She was just a loving person. My prayer is that the Lord will grant her eternal peace.
Mary Brown
Friend
July 12, 2020
Shonda,
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love her and miss her always. One of the best teachers. Very friendly and always willing to help others. She also always greeted you with a smile. She truly will be missed. Sending deepest sympathies and prayers to the family!!!
Always.
Anita M Hudson and family
Anita M Hudson
Student
July 11, 2020
Shonda, I am really saddened to read about the passing of Frances. She was my friend, soror, and co-worker. We shared so many great positive experiences in Gary and as we traveled throughout the United States. She was a truly dedicated educator that touched the lives of many children at Washington. I will certainly keep you in my prayers.
Juanita Harris
Friend
July 11, 2020
She was my first grade teacher and will never be forgotten....
My condolences to the family.

Dennis C
Student
July 11, 2020
Meet Mrs. Hightower at Washington Elementary School she was a very kind soul. She loved all the kids that she came into contact with and they loved her. My deepest sympathy to the Hightower family. May she rest in peace
Kimberly L Ross
Acquaintance
July 11, 2020
Condolences to the Highhtower family. May God give you strength.
Sadie Ethridge
Coworker
July 11, 2020
Condolences to the Hightower family. May God give you strength.
Sadie Ethridge
Coworker
July 10, 2020
Mrs.Hightower was my 1st grade teacher and she use to bring me home from school and we went shopping together a few times. She was close to my entire family. She use to get greens out my mothers garden. She will truly be missed but never ever forgotten.❤❤
Tina Anderson
Student
July 10, 2020
Mrs Hightower was my 1st 2nd grade teacher along with living three houses down from. She me fresh baked cookies every weekend. Oh, how I loved her cookies. Mrs
Hightower was truly loved by me and will be missed.
Tijuana Jacobs
Student
July 10, 2020
In loving memory of Frances, a wonderful neighbor, God-fearing person and friend. Shonda, know that the Grace of God is sufficient for all your needs.
Maggie Jones
Friend
July 10, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Jerome Henderson
Neighbor
July 10, 2020
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July 10, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Frances' passing. She was such a nice person, and we had a lot in common. Not only were we elementary teachers , but we also belonged to the same sorority. To the family, you have my sincerest and deepest sympathy.
Natalie Stewart
Friend
July 9, 2020
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