Obituaries: Frances Rees

Frances Rees, 72, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa. She was born on February 12, 1945 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Bernie and Audrey Goodson Rees. She lived most of her life in Bloomfield but spent a few years living with her sister, Zilpha Dunlavy, in Oklahoma. Frances was “Aunt Francie” to most of us. She was the light of all family gatherings and a joy to be around. Her amazing ability to be joyful in any situation was an example for us all. Her smile was so beautiful and she used it to make anyone around her smile too. Francie left us with many precious memories and our lives were enriched greatly because of her. She will be loved forever!

She is survived by her sister, Zilpha Dunlavy of Blakesburg, Iowa; nieces, Debbie Kulbeth and family of Olustee, Oklahoma, Julia Bennett and family of Bloomfield, Iowa, Deborah Lynne Dillow and family in Oregon, Laura McDonald and family of Blakesburg, Kelly Smith and family of Blakesburg; nephew Blake Roberts and family of Blair, Oklahoma; many great nieces and nephews; cousins; friends; and many that call her “Aunt Francie!”

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother in-law, Charles Dunlavy; and many relatives and friends that awaited her in Heaven.

Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the Bethel Cemetery in Davis County with several family members officiating. No visitation is planned.