Frances Virginia Alward

November 26, 1943November 19, 2013
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ALWARD, FRANCES VIRGINIA (Keel) age 69, of Burton died Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at the University of Michigan Hospital. Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Hill Funeral Home, 11723 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc, MI 48439. Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Interment at Sunset Hills Cemetery, Flint, MI. Frances was born November 26, 1943 in Crestview, FL, to parents Grady and Edith (Buchanan) Keel. She was married to George Leslie Alward March 19, 1966 in Fort Walton Beach FL. She was a Bishop Sewing Instructor for many years and was a “Sulky” Machine Embroidery Instructor, certified dog obedience trainer, a seamstress, a crafter, a mother, wife, and grandmother who loved her children and grandchildren without question. Just ask her and she would produce a purse full of pictures of her grandchildren and relate their latest accomplishments or antics. She was always ready to show pictures of her latest projects and thoroughly enjoyed her crafts and friends. She loved animals, trailer camping and had a burning zest for life. She was an amazing woman, a gentle compassionate soul with a ready sense of humor. We will all miss her. Surviving are husband George; children Joseph Leslie Alward, Elise Delynn Sweeney (Alward) Karen Elieen Loomer (Alward); grandchildren Joshua Joseph Alward, Rachel Anna Alward, Cayden Garrett Loomer, Dylan Jacob Sweeney, Chloey Delila Noelle Loomer; nieces and nephews Robey Manley, Melissa Manley; siblings Samuel William Keel, Maryann Manley. Preceded in death by her parents; siblings Andrew Keel and Richard Keel Condolences may be left on-line at


  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 23, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, November 22, 2013

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Alice Dowd

November 25, 2013

Dear George,
I just learned of your loss. May God give you strength at this sad time. I am sending blessings and prayers to you and your family.

Marion Richard

November 24, 2013

George and Family
we are so sorry we could not be there with you. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. We all will miss Fran.
Sam & Marion

A Coleman

November 23, 2013

My condolences for your loss. May you find comfort, from family, friends and the God of all comfort. "He is giving support to all who are falling and is raising up all who are bowed down" (Psalm 145:14) He will sustain you until that day that he will swallow up death forever.

Christina Wintermote

November 22, 2013

Karen and Elise - your mother was an inspiration to many whom she met. She was quiet with Grace but when she spoke, she was heard. A kind hearted woman that will be missed. God bless your entire family.

Donna Todd

November 21, 2013

She was my sewing buddy & friend for a long time. I will really miss her & the pictures of her grandkids!

Mike Hudnut

November 21, 2013

George, so terribly sorry for your loss. Stay strong for your family, as I know you always have. Mike Hudnut

November 21, 2013

So sorry for the loss of Fran. She was an inspiration to others.
Mike and Joanne Conrad

November 21, 2013

No words can express how sad we are to hear of Fran's passing. Our memories of Fran at our family get togethers will always be of her wam and kind spirit. We are so sorry for your loss.
Russ and Shelley


November 21, 2013

Thinking of each of you, praying for strength and peace during this difficult time...

Grant and Beverly Alward

November 20, 2013

So sorry to hear about your wife Fran passing away. You and your family are in our prayers. Grant and Beverly Alward