Frances Edna "Frankie" Wilson

August 4, 1955November 25, 2020

Frances Edna “Frankie” Wilson, 65, Davenport, IA, passed away at Univ. of IA Medical Center, Iowa City, IA, on 11/25/2020.

No services at this time, there will be a Celebration of Life at a later date, time & location TBD. Burial will be in Greenglade Cemetery, Farmington, IA. Online condolences may be left at

Frances was born on 8/4/1955 in Keokuk, IA, to David Eugene Wilson Sr. and Anna Bell (Hootman) Wilson. She grew up in Farmington & Brighton, IA, and graduated from Harmony HS, Farmington, in 1973. She had a BA degree from St. Ambrose College and a MA degree from Western IL University, she was a National Certified Defense Tactics Instructor and CPR Instructor. She began her career as a Police Officer for the Davenport Police Dept. in 1975, as one of the first female officers hired by that department and worked her way up the ladder becoming a Corporal in 1985, and in 1994 promoted to Sergeant, and retired as Shift Supervisor after 30 plus years serving her community. After retirement from the PD she taught classes as an Adjunct Professor at Purdue University Global.

She loved to travel, hunting, photography, ancestry research, her 3 cats, and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to cherish Frankie’s memory are her sister, Deloris Heminger (Doyle), Dannebrog, NE; Brother-in-law, Douglas Twyman, Burlington, IA; Sister-in-law, Betty Wilson, Athens, MO; 4 nieces, 4 nephews, and many great nieces & nephews.

Those preceding her in death were her parents; sister, Lettie Wilson Twyman; brother, David E. Wilson Jr.; and two nephews.


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Charlene Spector

January 17, 2021

Frankie and I met at the Y. We taught several self-defence classes together. While sorting through items I recently read a letter from her bringing me back to memories of our great friendship. Since moving back to Canada we weren't in touch as often and I am so very deeply saddened to hear of the news of her passing. Frankie, was always supportive, we enjoyed fun adventures and lots of laughs. I hope her precious cats are been taken care of. Rest in peace my dear cherished old friend. Charlene

Laura Pascuzzi

December 4, 2020

I knew Frankie for over 30 years thru the Iowa Association of Women Police. She was always involved, always supportive of the women who followed in her footsteps, always had an opinion, always feisty, and she always shared freely of her time and vast knowledge. She will be missed. RIP lady, from one old fart to another.

Cheryl Keller

December 4, 2020

The first time I met Frankie was approximately 29 -30 years ago at my first Iowa Association of Women Police Conference. What I remember most about Frankie was that she wasn't afraid to speak out, she sought to choose the best and most honest way of coming to a conclusion. She was confident and strong willed, but always kind. IaAWP meetings will never be the same. My condolences go out to Jeannie, and all of Frankie's family and friends.

Andrea Wilson

December 4, 2020

Frankie was a sister in blue. She was always encouraging other female officers to keep going and reminded us how far we have come. She encouraged me during school and always sent kind messages. She was a great person with honor and integrity and she will be greatly missed in her community and our association.

Marie Rossman

December 3, 2020

I loved working with Frankie at Kaplan University. She was a wonderful instructor and a friend. I cherish the collector spoons she picked up for me on her travels. Her seminars on drug training for or staff were always fun and interesting. My deepest sympathy to her family.

Amy Driskill

December 2, 2020

I knew Frankie through her volunteering at the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center of the Davenport Public Library. Working with Frankie was always a joy. I loved talking to her. She was a kind and generous person with a wealth of knowledge on so many things. To her family, I am so sorry for your loss. And to Frankie, thank you for your kindness and patience with my endless questions. You will be missed by so many.

Gail Wel

December 2, 2020

I only met Frankie one time, and it was at least 35 years ago. That one time made me a lifelong admirer of her. I attended a self defense class for women. She taught me I do not have to be a victim, frozen in fear, but instead can find a way to defend myself, protect myself and avoid a bad situation. Thank you again, Frankie. I know there are many other women out there who will feel the same.

Elise James

December 1, 2020

Our Davenport Hannah Caldwell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution were saddened to hear of Frankie's passing. She served our Chapter as an Executive Board Member and Historian for the past several years and was active in our projects, especially the DAR historical markers placed around Davenport. Her volunteer hours at the Davenport library were important to our "Service to America" efforts.

My condolences to her family and friends; we will miss a valued DAR daughter.

Elise James, Regent
Hannah Caldwell Chapter
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Nancy Eggers

December 1, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Frankie’s passing. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Mike Bladel

December 1, 2020

I worked with Sergeant Wilson through many decades. From handling simple calls for help from the elderly, responding to major traffic accidents, sometimes in the worst of weather that Iowa could throw at you, to barricaded active shooters, who were firing upon her fellow officers, "Frankie' was there and did her job. It was an honor to serve with her.

Thank you for your service to your community and country Frances Edna Wilson. After a full career of helping and protecting others, may you rest in peace.