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Frances P. Black-Wright

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Frances P. Black-Wright

ASHTON – Frances Pauline Dobbs Black-Wright of Ashton went to be with our Lord on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center.  

She was born Sept. 2, 1926, in Grinnell, Iowa, to Edmund A. and Dora Lee (Alexander) Dobbs. She married Dr. Robert Bahr in 1949, and had one daughter, Cheryl Ann Frances. She remarried Henry Black of Iowa City on Oct. 14, 1955. She later married Vernon Wright on July 22, 1995. 

At age 8, she tap-danced on the Lawrence Welk Radio Show and performed at the Iowa State Fair. She graduated from Grinnell High School in 1944. In 1945, she joined the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. She worked at Madison General Hospital, Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and Grinnell General Hospital. In 1956, she graduated from the University of Iowa, earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing. There, Frances held positions as charge nurse, night supervisor, and director at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. Frances and her husband, Henry, established Black’s Gaslight Village. Frances retired to Ashton in 1987. 

Survivors include her husband, Vernon; two daughters, Cheryl Ann (Joseph) Dyer of Thompson, Pa., and Doralee (Jack) Erickson of Ashton; two sons, Henry (Bonita) Black of Rockford and George Black of Galesburg; three daughters-in-law; one stepdaughter; eight stepchildren; one sister; 16 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first two husbands, two sons, four stepsons, parents, three brothers, and two grandsons.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and the funeral at noon Saturday at Finch Funeral Home in Mount Morris, with the Rev. Ryan Jasper, pastor of Pine Creek Independent Church in Polo, officiating. A graveside service will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Mount Morris.  

A memorial has been established to the church.

Frances has an up-to-date Facebook page.

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