Frances Lou Townley
November 10, 1933 – October 19, 2019
Frances Lou Townley, 85, of Columbus passed away on Saturday, October 18th, 2019 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Hope.
Fran was born in Monticello, Mississippi on November 10th, 1933 to her parents, Abner and Hazel Hancock. She married Ronald Leon Townley on May 15th, 1955. She was preceded in death by her husband, and 2 children Randall Townley, and Rhonda Williams.
After graduating from high school, Fran attended business school in New Orleans, Louisiana. Before she married, she worked at the E J & E Railway in Gary, Indiana. Along with her husband, they raised their four children in Portage, Indiana and then moved to Columbus, Indiana in 1996. Fran was a member of Memorial Baptist Church. She enjoyed volunteering at Columbus Regional Hospital and spending time as a Foster Grandparent/Book Buddy at Clifty Creek Elementary School.
She is survived by her children, Richard Townley of Chicago, Illinois, Becki (Jim) Miller of Columbus; grandchildren, Craig (Rachel) Townley, Matt (Jessica) Townley, Alyssa (John) Mayer, Jeffrey Townley, Brian Townley, Solon (Kimberly) Williams, Carter Williams, Caitlyn Williams, Courtney Williams, and Carson Williams; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Payton, Cameron, Gavin, Connor, and Luke.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 24 at Myers-Reed Memorial Chapel with Pastor Kristi Jones officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. the day of the service. Burial will be at Flat Rock Cemetery in Columbus, Indiana following the funeral.
Memorial donations can be made to Memorial Baptist Church in Fran Townley’s name. Online condolence may be made to the family at www.myers-reed.com. Myers-Reed Chapel is serving the Townley Family.
- Richard Townley, Son
- Becki (Jim) Miller, Daughter
- Craig (Rachel) Townley, Grandchild
- Matt (Jessica) Townley, Grandchild
- Alyssa (John) Mayer, Grandchild
- Jeffrey Townley, Grandchild
- Brian Townley, Grandchild
- Solon (Kimberly) Williams, Grandchild
- Carter Williams, Grandchild
- Caitlyn Williams, Grandchild
- Courtney Williams, Grandchild
- Carson Williams, Grandchild
Mrs. Townley is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Jackson, Payton, Cameron, Gavin, Connor, and Luke.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Leon Townley; and 2 children Randall Townley, and Rhonda Williams.
- Memorial Baptist Church
- Visitation Thursday, October 24, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, October 24, 2019
Frances Lou Townley
October 22, 2019
The the Townley family.....
We have so many fond memories of our families together from school, camping, and dinners. Fran and my mom were related but they were close friends. We may not have seen each other lately but she will be forever in our thoughts.
We want to send thoughts, prayers, and love to you all.
Bob and Opal Taylor and Family
October 21, 2019
Although I only had the opportunity of knowing Fran since March of this year, she grew in my heart quite quickly. I work at Miller’s and was often her care taker when on duty. My first experience with Fran was observing an aide attempting to convince her to go from the bed to her wheelchair for breakfast. They were unsuccessful. I sat down beside her, gave her a hug from the side and asked her what her favorite drink was. She replied (eyes still closed) with, “diet...... Pepsi.” I explained that I would be going on my break soon after breakfast was complete for the residents, so I would gladly grab her a bottle of her favorite drink. Her eyes opened and upppp she came! It became our “thing” on days when I worked. I remember countless times pouring her hot cocoa in the mornings... and making sure she was wrapped up so very well in our famous white blankets (she always said the hallways were too cold). One particular day, we had extra time, so as I was walking through the hall to check on the residents, I noticed Fran was bent down from her wheelchair almost touching the floor with her hands. I quickly found out that she was trying to organize her photos, cards, letters, etc. So I sat with her for a bit and she reminisced and showed me pictures of her family, talked of her husband, their marriage, their trials and tribulations and his sad death. She loved him fiercely. She also talked fondly of her children and her grandchildren - but you didn’t know Fran if she’d never told you the story of the twins.
I truly enjoyed working with Fran. Out of 6 years of losing residents, this is one of the hardest for me. God bless you all.
October 21, 2019
Fran was always our adopted grandma since our grandparents lived far away. She often cheered me on at music recitals. She was so thrilled when I won Fair Queen many years ago! Her kind support and love were such a lovely example and one of the many reasons I've cared for many people over the years who aren't family by blood but have become family of the heart. She will be greatly missed. I wish I didn't live so far and could pay my respects in person. But know I loved her greatly and am thankful for her kindness to me and our family Shannon Grimes Mathews