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In Memory of

Frances Dee Hildreth

November 12, 1933 - March 25, 2015

Obituary


Frances Dee Hildreth, 81, passed away March 25, 2015 at the Mercy Hospice Center.

Visitation will be at 10:00 am followed by a Celebration of her life on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Ankeny Funeral Home.

Fran was born November 12, 1933 in Denton County, Texas to Ozell and Gussie Mae Washburn where she graduated at age 16 from Prosper schools. She attended Mary Hardin Baylor University and graduated Alpha Chi (small school Phi Beta Kappa) with a degree in English and Physical Education. She was editor of her college Newspaper and...

Frances Dee Hildreth, 81, passed away March 25, 2015 at the Mercy Hospice Center.

Visitation will be at 10:00 am followed by a Celebration of her life on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Ankeny Funeral Home.

Fran was born November 12, 1933 in Denton County, Texas to Ozell and Gussie Mae Washburn where she graduated at age 16 from Prosper schools. She attended Mary Hardin Baylor University and graduated Alpha Chi (small school Phi Beta Kappa) with a degree in English and Physical Education. She was editor of her college Newspaper and Year Book, the Bell. After graduation, she taught school in Killeen, Texas where she met Keith Hildreth, a young Iowa corporal stationed at Fort Hood. They were married December 22, 1955 and after his discharge they moved to Iowa while Keith completed school at ISU.
They lived in several different places during their life including Minneapolis, New Hampton and Hampton, Iowa, Lincoln, Nebraska and Ada, Oklahoma, which is where they lived for almost 30 years. Two years ago they returned to Ankeny to be closer to family. Wherever she lived, she made it home for her family and became an important part of the community. She created lasting friendships where ever she was.You could count on Fran to belong to multiple bridge and golf clubs, enjoying the competition and fellowship. It wouldn't take the communities long to figure out how capable she was and her willingness to volunteer and help. She volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, a Sunday school teacher, piano player at church, school activities and church functions. She was Sunday school superintendent and led many years of summer bible camps.

Fran had a great sense of style, from her clothes, to her home and her food. She took great pride in her appearance and it was a rare moment if you caught her not looking her best. She was a great cook and never met a hamburger she didn't like.

She touched hundreds of lives for the better. The strength of the bonds in her family is her legacy, along with the lives of her husband, children, and grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be sorely missed.

Fran was preceded in death by her parents; Ozell and Gussie Washburn, brother-in-law; Eddie Carr and sister-in-law Carole Ballard. She is survived by her husband; Keith, children; Jill (Joe) Webster, Greg (Karen) Hildreth, and Kevin (Shelly) Hildreth, grandchildren; Kyle (Susan), Kelli, Chelsea, and Ian Hildreth, Katie Hildreth, Sean and Brad Rosa, and great granddaughter; Lily Hildreth, along with sisters-in-law; Susan Johnson and Nancy Carr, and brother-in-laws; Tike Ballard and Merle Johnson.

Memorial Contributions can be made to Mary Hardin Baylor University or Mercy Hospice House.