DIXON – Frances Jean (Bowers) Thompson, passed away on February 10, 2020, at Heritage Square in Dixon after a long illness.
Frances was born on August 1, 1928, to Elmer and Bertha (Heckman) Bowers. She married Donald E. Thompson on June 29, 1947. They later divorced.
Frances worked at Blackhawk Photo Mount in Dixon for 20 years. After retirement, she worked at A.R.K. Daycare where she also got to see her grandchildren, who attended there. Working there was one of the many joys of her life. Frances had a love for children and was a devoted grandmother. She loved to garden and her yard was always park-like. Frances enjoyed entertaining family and friends and was an avid reader. She enjoyed many trips to the library. Frances was a very dedicated, hardworking, and generous person. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by one son in infancy; her parents; and four brothers, Merle Bowers, Neil Bowers, Dale Bowers, and Wayne Bowers; as well as, three sisters-in-law, Alice Bowers, Delores Bowers, and Joan Miller; one brother-in-law, Bernard Bergin. She was also preceded in death by best friends, Peggy and Eddie LaRussa.
She is survived by her six children, Gary (Cindy) Thompson of Wister, OK, Doug (Debbie) Thompson of Henderson, NV, Vicki Boyd of Byron, IL, Crystal (Bill) Dithen of Bloomington, IL, Julie (Joseph) Brady of Dixon, IL, and Donita Harrison of Dixon, IL. She has thirteen grandchildren, James (Jill) Noland, Chad (Shanon) Noland, Josh (Amanda) Noland, John Palumbo, Paula Palumbo, Cody Thompson, Dallas Thompson, Shawn (Laura) Boyd, Stacy (Jeff) Coester, Mackenzie (Matt) Fuller, Tucker (Kristina) Brady, Shane (Michelle) Harrison and Steven Harrison; one sister, Marilyn (George) Broman; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bill and Mary Jane Carr; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Bowers and Opal Bowers, who was also her roommate; sixteen plus great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life with graveside services will be held at a future date. A memorial has been established for Heritage Square and The Alzheimer’s Association.
Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.
Condolences may be sent to www.prestonschilling.com.