Françoise Marie Thomas

Frances Marie “Fran” Thomas, 87, of Waterville, passed away on October 6, 2021 at the Browning Masonic Community. She was born March 9, 1934 in Cement City, MI, to Kermit and Elsie (Miller) Smith. After graduating from Monroe High School in 1952, she moved to Toledo, where she worked for Glass Fibers and met her husband, Richard. Rich and Fran were married on September 29, 1956 at Zion EUB Church in Whitehouse. After living in Maumee for ten years, they bought a farm near Rich’s family in Providence Township, where they resided until 2014.

Fran was a meticulous accountant. She worked in the payroll department at BGSU for 25 years and served seven terms as a Providence Township clerk from 1968 to 1996. After her retirement, she was active in the American Legion Auxiliary in Whitehouse and County of Lucas and enjoyed working part-time for Nilsson’s Landscaping. She and Rich have maintained a busy social life with their large number of families and friends and have had many memorable trips. His desserts will be sorely missed. She was a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Whitehouse, where she sang in the choir.

Fran was predeceased by her parents and her husband; her brother, Donald; brother-in-law, Boyd Box; sister-in-law, Joyce Thomas; nephew, Jimmy Thomas and niece, Karis Box.

She is survived by her son, Charles (Tina) of Grand Rapids; grandson, Adam of Clemson, SC; granddaughter, Megan (Ryan) Long of Covington, IN; great-grandchildren, Reagan Grace and Baby Long (expected in November); step-grandchildren, Richard (Julie) Amos III of Roanoke, IN and Holly Amos of Boulder, CO; step-great-grandchildren, Ellynn and Evan Amos; sister-in-law, Donna Box of Grand Rapids; brothers-in-law, Lee, Gary (Frances) and Stephen of Waterville; and his stepdaughter, Amy (Blair) Dyke of Grand Rapids.

Visitations will be at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, October 11, 2021, at Zion United Methodist Church in Whitehouse, followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Highland Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions can be made to Zion UMC or American Legion Auxiliary # 384.

The family is grateful for the loving care Fran received from staff at the Browning Masonic Community and Northwestern Ohio Hospice. Arrangements have been made with Peinert-Dunn Funeral Homes, Whitehouse, Ohio. To leave a souvenir online, please visit www.dunnfuneral home.com

Posted by The Blade on October 10, 2021.