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“Benny,Connie and Dennis My thoughts and prayers are surrounding you all. I loved my visits with Frances and Dennis. She was an amazing lady! Love...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Tracy Heaberlin - Moravia, IA

“Frances was such a good friend to my Mother (Ruth Parker)....I remember the two of them serving Coffee at the nursing home together....Mom always...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Bonnie Parker Williams - IA

“We considered Frances and Dan good friends - went to a lot of square dance lessons and dances. She always had a smile on her face. Hope it helps to...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Bob & Lola Ivins

“Connie, Benny and Dennis, So sorry for your loss, hope you find some comfort in knowing others care and share in your grief. Some of my fondest...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Denna Magee - Minocqua, WI

“Taking care of you was a very special privilege. We will miss your smiles, laughs, hugs, and stories. Each day was a new adventure with you. Until we...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Kaitlyn Vitko, Dora Couder, Jolene Hayes - IA

“The couple of months I took care of you when you lived at Benton Place was a true blessing...the talks,the laughs and that special smile of yours I...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Jodi Toopes - Albia, IA

“Sorry to hear about Frances may she rest in peace. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Karen Ahn - Albia, IA - Friend


Frances Elizabeth Spears, age 93, of Albia, passed away August 29, 2015 at the Monroe County Hospital in Albia.

Frances was born November 14, 1921 to Harry and Carrie (Newman) Tisue in Moravia. She graduated from Moravia High School, Class of 1939. On May 31, 1942 Frances married Daniel Spears in Unionville, Missouri. They shared 48 years of marriage together before Dan's passing on September 13, 1990.

Frances worked as a social worker for most of her life. She enjoyed crocheting, needlework, and in her earlier years, square dancing. Her real joy in life was spending time with her friends and family.

She is survived by her sons, Dennis Spears of Albia and Benny (Annette) Spears of Newton; her daughter, Connie (Mike) Haluska of Decorah; and a special granddaughter Pepper (Larry) Champlin of Albia. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel; her parents, Harry and Carrie; a son Kenneth Spears; a granddaughter, and a great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Reverend Phillip Gibbs officiating. Burial will follow at Union Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at the Tharp Funeral Home with Frances' family present from 4-7 p.m.

A memorial has been established to the Albia Homestead Activity Fund or the Union Chapel Cemetery Association.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.tharpfh.com.