June 23, 1933 - April 13, 2013
Frances C. Kerr
Surrounded by her loving family, Frances Fay (Curry) Kerr, 79, of Warsaw, Missouri, returned home to the Lord on April 13th, 2013. Frances bravely fought to survive COPD for many years, but succumbed to lung cancer in the end.
Frances was born in Fairfax, Missouri, on June 23, 1933, to Bert and Flossie (Baker) Curry. She attended Fairview Country school grades K through 6, then Rock Port Junior and Senior High Schools, Rock Port, Missouri. After graduating from high school Frances attended college at Northwest Missouri State Teachers College. She moved to Omaha, Nebraska, and started working for Mutual of Omaha as a keypunch operator. Upon his return from the Korean War, she married the love of her life, Carl Eugene ‘Gene’ Kerr on December 18th, 1955. They settled in Rock Port, Missouri, where Frances initially was employed at the REA, and then later she was Gene’s partner in a number of business ventures including the IGA grocery store, known as “Kerr’s IGA.” She was also the bookkeeper for Trails End for a short period of time, and for the sporting goods and liquor store known to generations as the ”Bait & Bottle”. Their union was blessed with three children, Carla, Dennis and Kirby, and they had a wonderful life together for fifty-seven and a half years.
Frances was also renowned for her seamstress skills and her peers often marveled that, “her daughter never wore the same dress twice to kindergarten.” Gene and Frances relocated to Warsaw, Missouri, in 1987, upon Gene’s promotion to Postmaster for the Warsaw office. They continued to live in Warsaw upon Gene’s retirement from the post office. Frances and Gene enjoyed the great outdoors, fishing, traveling, and in retirement crafting together. She was famous for her crocheted items and needle point, everyone that knew them had a lifetime supply of nylon dish scrubbers.
Frances was member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority and enjoyed outings and events with her sorority sisters up until her illness kept her from being able to. She loved her family and friends and they loved her. She was especially proud of her husband, children, and grandchildren, often telling others that, “she had the best family anyone could ask for.” She was a woman of strong personal faith, and her struggle to overcome obstacles was an inspiration to all who knew her.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Flossie (Baker) Curry; brothers, Paul (died in childhood) and Russell; sisters, Juanita (died in childhood), Helen Slater, Delores Nace, Nadine Dappen and Betty Yungschlager. She is survived by her soul mate, Gene; sister, Darlene Banasik; brother-in-law, Harry Yungschlager; sister-in-law, Joan Bucy; daughter, Carla [Rory] Mason; and sons, Dennis [Jacqueline] and Kirby [Whitney]; grandsons, Zachary Kerr and Derek Mason; granddaughters, Christina Kerr, Sara Mason, Jennifer Kerr and Kaitlyn Kerr; and many nieces and nephews.
Celebration of Life Service: 1:00 P.M., Saturday, May 4, 2013, First Lutheran Church, Rock Port.