FRANCES M. PIERCE PARHAM PEARTHREE

AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA

Frances Pierce Parham Pearthree, of Mora, passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at the St. Clare Living Community in Mora.  She was 97 years old.

GRAVESIDE SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the Marian Cemetery in Kansas.

MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS  can be sent to St Croix Hospice, c/o Kathy Anderson, PO Box 88, Mora MN 55051.

Frances Margaret Pierce Parham Pearthree, of Mora, Minnesota, passed away on August 19, 2018 at St. Clare Living Community of Mora. She was 97 years old.

Frances was born September 26, 1920 in Great Bend, Kansas to Marion and Helen (Stenzel) Pierce. After her birth, the family moved to Marion, Kansas where she attended Marion School with her sisters Corinne and Vivian. After graduating high school in 1938, she moved to Wichita, Kansas where she attended Wesley School of Nursing. After receiving her RN, she worked at Wesley Hospital where she met Gerald W. Parham. They were wed in October 1942. Four children were born, all the while Frances continued working as an RN.

In addition to Wichita, during the following years, the family lived in various regions, including: Rapid City, SD; Tulsa, OK; Pine City, MN; and Rush City, MN.

After her retirement from Rush City Hospital as Director of Nurses, she married Lloyd Pearthree in 1989 and returned to Pine City. After his death she lived in Mora, MN, then resided with her daughter, Pam, for seven years when her health required special care. In June 2017, she relocated to St. Clare Living Community in Mora but still had daily care from her daughters Pam and Kathy.

She will be best remembered for her sense of humor and contagious giggles. Even in the saddest of times, there was always room for laughter. Frances was an expert quilter and continued to knit until the day of her death. The most important thing to her was spending time with her family. She was devoted, loving and spent endless hours with all the generations in activities ranging from music, artistic endeavors, baking, outdoor activities, card games, reading books, and endless hugs.

Frances is preceded in death by her first spouse, Gerald Parham; her second spouse, Lloyd Pearthree; and her grandson, Phillip Munkberg.

Frances is survived by her children Verdon (Judy) Parham, Dean (Carol) Parham, Pam Munkberg, Kathy (Joe) Anderson; her grandchildren Christy (Jimmy) Buller, Julie (Francis) Parham, Ryan Parham, Kara Parham, Michelle (Bryan) Van Dyken, Heather (Jason) Staats, Courtney (Ben) Leddy, Natalie (Josh) Hagle; step-grandchildren Carey (Curt) Janisch, Kim (Joe Heikes) Stucky, Justin (Shanna) Stucky; and 14 great grandchildren.

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3 guestbook entries for FRANCES M. PIERCE PARHAM PEARTHREE

  1. Kathy Danielson August 22, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

    Pam and family,
    My heart aches for you with the loss of your mom-grandmother. I know she was in declining health physically and mentally these past several years and that was very difficult for you, but now losing her, and so soon after Phillips death, is all the more heartbreaking.

    I am keeping you in my prayers. Hugs, Pam.

  2. carol kirchberg August 23, 2018 at 2:53 pm #

    Fran was beautiful lady inside and out. I treasure the years I worked at Rush City hospital with her. Always a beautiful smile.

  3. Rosanne Johnson August 23, 2018 at 10:58 pm #

    Fran was my 1st DON (Director of Nurses) at Rush City Hospital when I started there as a new graduate nurse right out of school in 1978. I remember her as being very beautiful, patient, professional & a classy lady as I learned from her, quite literally, at the patient’s bedside & by her dignified example in everything she did there at the hospital. It was so sweet that she attended my mother, Rosemary Morrison’s, 80th birthday party at the Fish Lake beach near Harris with one of her daughters – as they had worked together side by side for decades at the hospital & had become friends, too, out of the hospital. Many condolences from Mom & I, she was saddened when I told her tonight that Fran had passed. She will be sorely missed, for sure. Rosanne M. Johnson & Rosemary Morrison

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