DANVILLE — Frances Marie Crook, 80, of Danville was born Feb. 20, 1938, in Bement. She passed this life to be with her loved ones at 9:50 a.m. Friday (Oct. 19, 2018) at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Decatur.

She was the daughter of Dora and Lester Crook, formerly of Olivet. Frances was a supportive aunt to her three nieces, Cheryl (Joe) Abbed of California, Aleta (Ray) Garcia of Olivet and Yvonna (Deivis) Carnieri of California, when a tragic accident took their mother’s life. 

Frances was a fighter; she did not let illness stop her from enjoying life. She loved to shop for the latest fashions and was an avid doll collector. She loved to travel all over the country, as well as Europe. She often shared her extensive photography collection of her travels with friends and family. She was an excellent cook and was well-known for her pecan, pumpkin and blackberry pies.

Frances came from a family of musicians. She played the xylophone, accordion, organ and piano. The Crook reunions were always full of music, singing and rejoicing. Frances was an accomplished pianist and taught piano lessons for over 40 years. Frances graduated from the University of Illinois, receiving several degrees as well as a master’s in education. She was also an elementary teacher in the Danville school district for many years, as well as graduating from the school of nursing in 1997, working as a home care nurse. She loved children and was an advocate for lifelong learning.

You could often find Frances and her dog, Panda, at Danville Sunset Memorial Park. She loved taking pictures of the adult and baby swans in their beautiful and serene pond. She loved the calm and peaceful setting. She and Panda were always together; he was her faithful companion.

Frances was the youngest of 10 and will be missed by her siblings, Naomi Pickenpaugh from California, Wanda Dunbar from Florida and her beloved brother, James Crook, of Olivet. James was dedicated to his sister, and he will miss her greatly. She will also be missed by her numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dora and Lester Crook, and siblings, Roberta Wise, Rowena Mills, Leland Crook, Amelia Harris, Juanita Baldridge and Barbara Broyles.

She was a member of Olivet Church of the Nazarene, where her pastor, Jim Blue, will officiate memorial services in her honor. (This is yet to be announced.) Any donations can be made to Olivet Nazarene Church or to a local humane society.

Frances’s family was helped with her final arrangements by Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Chapel, Georgetown. Please join Frances’s family in sharing memories on her tribute wall at sunsetfuneralhome.com.

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