Frances Mae "Fran" LaFon (Long)
January 6, 1928 - April 15, 2021
Magnolia, Texas - Frances Mae "Fran" LaFon (Long), 93, passed away April 15, 2021 after a life of travel covering 50+ countries, on all continents, sharing her passion for mission work. She graduated from Southwestern Seminary in Dallas before marrying Charles Alexander LaFon in Fairbanks, AK. They built their home in Fairbanks, Tulsa, Tempe, and Boise, having four children: Lindsey LaFon (Lori), Stephen LaFon (Carol), LoRee LaFon (Greg), and Lisa LaFon Tyler (Jeff). While in Arizona, they owned a Dairy Queen, and Fran taught grade school, including tutoring at the Dick Van Dyke studio. In Boise, she taught until retirement and in her words "continues to teach science" as she donated her body to research. Her family also includes over 40 international students. After Charles passed away in 1991 Fran continued her travels and mission work, moving to Mesa, AZ where she married Sy Feldman, now deceased. She had 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She lived her last 7 months in Texas near her son, Stephen and his family and passed peacefully after a short decline. She was "ready" and told her daughter she saw "joy in every direction." Family members are planting trees and flowers in her honor and no services are planned, per her request. A charity she continued to support is Medical Ambassadors International.
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Published by Idaho Statesman on May 15, 2021.