Frances Jeanette Sheumaker Saltzman passed away on February 5, 2016 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Frances was born on July 26, 1917 to Roy and Goldia Sheumaker on a homestead near Malta, Montana. The family remained in Montana for 10 years and then moved to the Redding, Iowa area where she attended school through 8th grade. She then attended Mount Ayr High School and graduated in 1936.
After high school she taught in a one room rural school in Poe Township. While teaching there, she lived with Lial and Dorothy Saltzman where she met Lial’s brother, Richard, who was to become her husband. During WWII, she attended Iowa Teachers College in Cedar Falls and then taught primary school for 3 years in Arispe, Iowa. Richard returned from the war, and they were married on May 2, 1945. Frances and Richard lived on his uncle Frank Saltzman’s farm for the first years of their marriage. While living there two daughters were born, Diane and Patricia. They then bought and moved to the farm southeast of Mount Ayr where they remained until 1993 when they moved to Mount Ayr. Frances was a homemaker and helped with farm chores. She was active in the Mount Ayr Methodist Church and various clubs and was a 4-H leader. She also worked for Clearview Homes as an aide and in the activities department. After Richard’s death she returned to Clearview as a resident where she remained until her death.
Frances was proceeded in death by her husband Richard, her parents, brothers Roy and wife Mary Sheumaker, Clinton Sheumaker, and Thomas Sheumaker, her sisters Bernice and husband Barton Abarr, Eunice and husband Gerald Jones, Elizabeth and husband Vernon Thomas, Julia and husband Floyd Klang, brother-in-law Lloyd Wood and brother-in-law Lial and wife Dorothy Saltzman, and sister-in-law Blondina and husband Chriss Saltzman, and brother-in-law Robert Saltzman.
She is survived by 2 daughters, Diane Saltzman and Patty Herrington, son-in-law Philip Herrington, grandsons Neil (Ashley) Aldrich, Benjamin (Carla) Aldrich, Blake Herrington, and Grant Herrington, great grandchildren Oliver, Abigail, Eleanor, Logan, Emmah, and Evrett Aldrich, sister Margaret Wood, brother John (Sharon) Sheumaker, sister-in-laws LaVon Sheumaker and Nina Saltzman, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Frances was much loved and will be missed.
Services were held Tuesday, February 9 at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr with Rev. Skip Rushing officiating.
Casketbearers were Neil Aldrich, Ben Aldrich, Charles Abarr, Russell Abarr, Weldon Abarr, Andy Abarr, Ronald Saltzman and Phil Herrington. She was laid to rest at the Oakland Cemetery, Southeast of Mount Ayr.
Memorials are to the United Methodist Church or the Mount Ayr Public Library.