Jan. 23, 1910 - Jan. 8, 2013
EDWARDSBURG, Mich. — Frances R. Proper, 102, of Eagle Lake, Edwardsburg, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Emeritus at Arborwood of Granger, Ind.
She was born Jan. 23, 1910, in Penn Township, Cass County, to Lyman Ayers and Rosa (Boughton) Ayers.
Frances graduated from Cassopolis High School in Cassopolis as valedictorian of her class. She attended Western Michigan Teachers College and taught in the rural schools of Cass County. She later received her four-year degree in teaching and taught at Edwardsburg Public Schools.
She was a member of Eastern Star for more than 80 years and a longtime member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Elkhart, where she taught an adult Sunday school class for many years. She was a member of the Monday Evening Club. She helped raise funds for the Cass County Council on Aging building in Cassopolis. She was a charter member of the Edwardsburg Historical Museum. She was also a member of Edwardsburg Hope United Methodist Church.
On Aug. 14, 1936, Frances married Harley B. Proper, who preceded her in death in July 1994.
Survivors include two daughters, Sally (John) Dalrymple of Niles and Sara (Robert) Platz of Frederick, Md.; four grandchildren, Sheryl (Michael) Smith, Jill (Richard) Anderson, Susan Fraga and David (Brittany) Platz; and seven great-grandchildren, Sean Smith, Alyssa and Blake Anderson, Briana and Manuela Fraga and Benjamin and Christopher Platz.
One sister, Ruth Miller, preceded Frances in death.
Family and friends may gather from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Hope United Methodist Church, 69941 Elkhart Road, Edwardsburg, where the Edwardsburg Order of Eastern Star will have a memorial service at 7 p.m. The service of remembrance will be at noon Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Hope United Methodist Church, where family and friends may gather for one hour prior to the service. Officiating will be the Rev. Jeff Reese, pastor of the church, assisted by Frances’ grandson-in-law, Pastor Michael Smith of Hope Community Church, Niles.
Burial will follow at Adamsville Cemetery, next to her late husband.
Memorial donations may be made to Hope United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 624, Edwardsburg, MI 49112-0624. Arrangements are by Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, Edwardsburg.