Fran Thompson, a 25-year resident of Kingman, passed away at her home Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. She was born Frances Roberta Transue on Sept. 30, 1928, in Philadelphia to Robert and Frances Transue. She spent her early formative years in North Carolina, then moved to Illinois with her family. After finishing high school she attended Shurtleff College in Alton, Ill. While there she met and married J.R. Thompson of Litchfield, Ill.
They remained in that Illinois area, teaching and working until they relocated to Colorado in 1966. She was an avid horsewoman. During part of the time in Colorado they owned and operated a livery stable in the mountains west of Boulder. It was her business while he worked in Boulder. In 1986 they moved to Kingman.
After coming here Fran spent her time in many tasks. She worked in two of the nursing homes, served on the board of and worked with KAAP, was a volunteer for many years at KRMC, starting as a pink lady and then to the current blue blouses. She cooked for several years for the residents at the Recovery House on Oak Street. In her later years she helped serve meals to the homeless at Cornerstone Mission.
All this time she was ever at her husband's side as he spent time in several duties throughout the River Valley Baptist Association, and statewide for the state Baptist Senior Life Ministries. In all this she quietly met and affected many people throughout Arizona. She is missed.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years; their daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Michael Lowder of Longmont, Colo.; and a sister, Mary V. Transue of Midland, Mich.
A memorial celebration service is planned to commemorate her passage to heaven. It will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at First Southern Baptist Church, 3120 Hualapai Mountain Road, Kingman.