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Frances Saltzman

Frances Jeanette Sheumaker Saltzman passed away on February 3, 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 1 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.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Mount Ayr or the Mount Ayr Public Library.

  • Family Will Be Present

    February 09, 2016
    9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    United Methodist Church

    301 West Madison St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    February 09, 2016
    11:00 AM

    United Methodist Church

    301 West Madison St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Tuesday February 09 2016

    Oakland Cemetery

    Mount Ayr, IA

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Diane and family, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. I have such fond childhood memories of her as a good neighbor and person. I learned many things from her in 4H and she was always a good example of the way one should live. My thoughts and sympathies are with you.

Posted by Sue (Wells) Jackson - White Bear Lake, MN - Friend   February 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I am sorry, Diane and family. What a full life she had.

Posted by Jill (thomas) Davis - Des Moines, IA - Classmate   February 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Diane - thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Posted by Donna Hartman Jones - Nodaway, IA - Friend   February 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Diane - So sad to hear of your mother''s passing. I have wonderful memories of her when she was my 4-H leader and of the times I spent at your home when we were kids. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.

Posted by Linda Konnath - Ankeny, IA - Friend   February 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Diane, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. She was a kind, generous person and I am so glad to have gotten to know her a little more when she donated what we use to hold the television at the Senior Ciizens Activity Center. Know that we are thinking of you and your family at this time. God bless.

Posted by Janet Hogue - MO - Friend   February 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dear Patty,
So sorry to hear this. Your mom was a wonderfully kind lady and I''m sure she will be missed. Sending you warm thoughts, light, and love.

CIndy Harover

Posted by Cindy Harover - Iowa City, IA - Friend   February 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Patty and family, So very sorry to hear about your mom. She was always willing to help with our 4-H projects and church projects. I know you will miss her dearly. Sending prayers and hugs to you and your family.---Janet and Jim

Posted by Janet Barker Knedler - Berryton, KS - Friend   February 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Patty , so sorry to read about your Mom. God bless you all. Prayers and thoughts are with you. Barbara Foland

Posted by Barbara Foland - Classmate   February 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Diane and family

Very sorry to hear your Mom passed away. She sure was a sweet lady and smiled a lot. I remember staying at her home with Diane as teenagers. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Shirley Hightshoe - Mt Ayr, IA - Friend   February 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

As one of Frances'' many nieces, I got to observe and be influenced by her over the years. Mom, who was barely 1 year older than her, said Frances was just always so nice, even as a little kid. She didn''t cause trouble or tattle tale on the other siblings!

I like what Pastor Skip said especially: that Frances was a saint! What a beautiful example for all of us to follow.

My continued sympathy to Diane and Patty and all the family.

Posted by Isabelle Abarr - kansas city, MO - Family   February 23, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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