Mrs. Chandler was a longtime member of First Christian Church in Hiawatha, later attending the Congregational Church in Sabetha. She helped with Girl Scouts, Bible School, 4H, and all her children's activities. She also dearly loved attending all her grandchildren's activities. She also loved participating in "The Birthday Club" and her Friday Lunch Group in Hiawatha. Frances loved sewing for her children and crocheting later in life making afghans for all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved watching sports, particularly KU Basketball.
Frances married Harold Lee Chandler, December 3, 1939, at Carrollton, Missouri. They made Sabetha and Hiawatha their home while raising their family. He died February 1981. After his death, she moved to Sabetha to make her home to be near her daughter and her family.
Frances was also preceded in death by her parents; all her siblings: Ralph Cowick, Wyatt Cowick, Orville Cowick, Aletha Cowick, Ruth Simpson, Cecil Cowick, Lillian Brotherton Butler and Ervin "Buck" Brotherton.
Survivors include her children: Valerie (Gary) Conrade of Olpe, KS, Marsha (Todd) McMann of Lincoln, NE; Teresa (Dwaine) Baumgartner of Sabetha, KS; 9 grandchildren: Susan (Jared) Fessler, Charles (Kristi) Crosby, John (Tiffany) Crosby, Stephanie Crosby, Amie (Josef) Hall, Will (Annie) McMann, Luke (Cassie) McMann, Jessica (Miles) Ploeger, Howard (Lauren) Baumgartner; 10 great-grandchildren: Tyler McMann, Hannah McMann, Perrin McMann, Jenna Fessler, Ella Fessler, Tysen, Trevor and McKenna Crosby, Jack and Eliza Crosby.
A celebration of Frances's life is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, at the First Christian Church of Hiawatha. Reverend Richard Butler of Overland Park, KS, will officiate, to be assisted by Traci Matherly. Graveside services are planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 20, at the Blakley Cemetery, Madison, KS.
Friends may call at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha after 10 a.m. Monday. The family will meet with friends from 6:30 until 8 Monday evening. Memorial contributions are suggested to Nemaha County Home Health and Hospice; Sabetha Community Hospital; or to First Christian Church Memorial Fund, all of which may be sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha 66434.