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Frances Courser

May 30, 1950November 2, 2020

Frances Ann Courser, age 70, of Sunfield, Michigan went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 2, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Helen Jose and her son Paul Courser. She is survived by her sister Victoria (James) Pike and nephews, Dale (Jane) Verran and John Verran along with a great niece and three great nephews.

Frances retired after many years working at the Michigan Secretary of State's Office. She was a long-time member of Lakewood United Methodist Church and a charter member of Lakewood Choral Society and was a mentor at Timber Crest Boy’s Ranch.

The family is planning a Celebration of Life to be held at the Lakewood United Methodist Church, day and time pending.

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Katherine Schlappi

November 21, 2020

Fran was a special person. Her sunny disposition & sense of humor made her fun to be around. Her selfless devotion to the ranch and the residents there was very special. We spent many hours together at the thrift store laughing & talking as we worked and missed that time very much when the store closed. We kept in touch- she liked to text! Hoping her sweet kitty has found a good home.
Love and miss you Fran!

Sandy Wells

November 10, 2020

I am really going to miss Neighbor Fran. We met at the bowling alley decades ago. Our husbands bowled on a league and we watched. Lost contact for a few years and then she was our neighbor. Fran had 3 Sandys in her life- Work Sandy, Church Sandy, and Neighbor Sandy which was me. We shared so many likes. She convinced me that listening to books was just as good as reading them. We both loved math and tutored together for years. This summer we talked several times a week. She would see me sitting on my porch and would call because she was sitting on hers. Talked for hours. We loved to guess who would play the characters in our books and then discuss how the film industry got it all wrong. So many memories.
She always backed her car in her drive. I would know if something was wrong if her car wasn't 'right'. Checked on each other. A great neighbor
But I know she really missed Paul everyday and I find comfort that she is now happily with him. She loved Jesus.
Til we meet again. Love, Neighbor Sandy

Jane Collins

November 7, 2020

Friends, I have been told that Fran's funeral is today, Saturday, Nov. 7 at 1 pm at Lakewood United Methodist Church.

Sherry Lee

November 6, 2020

Oh My Goodness Sweet Franny, I was such a fan! Seeing you soften the hearts of the boys-some of them non verbal, yet you could bring them out with you sweet smile & kinds words ... You were my hero - our time together way always so important to me, as I loved to watch you "love" unconditional - & not judge others- just stayed true to yourself, your kindness & your love of Christ . I saw Him in you! Thanks for the fly over at 1:40 on the day God called you home,,, I am honored to have been one of the one's you choose to say goodbye too . Therefore I will forever feel JOY when I think of you... God Speed my Dear Sister in Christ.

Chris Wells

November 5, 2020

When I was a teenager, my cousin often visited our house, as did Fran, who was our neighbor. Back then, in the early '90s, my cousin and I were discovering various musicians and artists from the '60s and '70s, and Fran would overhear us talking about these great discoveries. She was one of the few adults who often knew who and what we were talking about and would offer her own perspective. One day, my cousin said to me: "You know what, Chris? Fran is super cool." And he was right. She will definitely be missed.

Dan Wells

November 5, 2020

Growing up a few doors down, Fran was a frequent presence in our house. Everyone she ever met loved her voice and her laugh. My most interesting memory of Fran was some work I did for her one summer day, 30 or so years ago. She had an enormous pine tree in her hard, and she had grown tired of all the pine cones it deposited there. She offered to Paul and I one cent for each pine cone we picked up, then she left for the day. Upon returning home, she discovered we had filled many trash bags that day with something like 5,000 pine cones. She was quite astounded, but she paid up. She also never asked us to do that again.

Loretta Schelter

November 5, 2020

For many years I had the pleasure of helping Fran at the Sunfield District Library. At times she would stop in just to visit or to see what we needed during fundraisers. I always loved her positive spirit and her commitment to the young men in our community.

Elizabeth Busk

November 5, 2020

I knew Fran since I was in middle school. I was in school with her son Paul, and we sang together in the choir. Fran was also in the adult choir with my mom since 1986, and had a great tenor voice. When I graduated from high school, Franny gave me a very special gift. She knew that I liked the Beatles. She bought a bunch of packs of collectors cards of the Beatles and put them in an album for me - such a loving thing to do. Through the years, I often saw her and she would always give me a hug. When I returned to Michigan after living out of state for 17 years, I went to work with at the boys ranch, where she was a tutor and mentor. Seeing her in her element, making a difference in the lives of young people, was an inspiration to me. She was one of those rare people who did not live by how she felt (which was likely in alot of constant pain). She lived by the integrity of her faith in Christ and choosing to make a difference in the lives of others. We love you and will miss you, Franny.

Jane Collins

November 4, 2020

Fran and I tutored at Sunny Crest together for several years. In the fall, when the boys would get restless, we would table talk about Christmas stockings. We would give a clue or an insinuation that would leave the boys wondering what we meant and what we were putting in those stockings. They always settled down and got back to work, which was the whole point of our table talking.

Nancy Fourqurean

November 3, 2020

Dear Franola (Your nickname in our dorm room at Michigan State for 4 terms), we had many great times in junior high, high school and college! In all those years I never heard you say an unkind word about anyone. You were always ready for the next adventure and always ready to help a friend in need. We spent countless hours in the dorm listening to your huge collection of albums, laughing and talking about what we were learning, our loves and heartbreaks and everything we dreamed about doing in our lives. Throughout the years we helped each other through life's rough spots and tragedies and rejoiced with each other over the wonders. I am saddened that you are no longer of this earth but happy that you are reunited with your precious son Paul and your parents. Soar on my special friend. We will connect again one day where there will only be joys to share.


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