Frances L. Kerr, 80, Rochester, was surrounded by her loving daughters when she passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at her residence. Fran was born, married, lived most of her lifetime and passed away at the Burrough/Kerr family home.
On May 14, 1940, Frances Louise Burrough was born. She was a treasured daughter of Edgar George and Marie Ellen Clandra Burrough. Growing up she shared her childhood with two sisters Ella May and Patricia. In 1958 she graduated from the Aubbeenaubbee Township High School, where she was active in cheerleading.
On Sept. 17, 1960, in Aubbeenaubbee Township, Fran and James Lee “Jim” Kerr were married. They shared nearly 60 years of life’s adventures. From their union came three beautiful daughters: Elizabeth, Deborah and Dana. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
During her formative years, Fran grew up on a dairy farm where her work ethic developed. In addition to being a devoted wife and amazing mother she worked in the banking industry for many years as a teller. Around her home she annually planted flowers to enhance the landscape. She also expressed herself with oils on canvas creating several paintings over the years. Gifted with her hands she quilted creating gifts of warmth for family and friends.
A huge passion shared with Jim was Fran’s love for camping and the outdoors. Together they taught the girls to hunt, fish and shared many camping adventures under the starlit skies. Many lifetime memories were made salmon fishing and elk hunting in Oregon. Occasionally the camping expeditions included their camping friends Rich and Jane Green and Maurice and Kathy Siders. There was nothing better than playing cards or later telling stories around the campfire.
Left to cherish Fran’s memory are three daughters: Elizabeth Nicklaus and husband Phil, Deborah Howard and husband Todd, Dana Bright and husband Darrell, all of Rochester; eight grandchildren: Brandy Miller and husband Donnie, Kyle Howard and wife Carri, Seth Howard and wife Brittany, Aimee Howard and significant other Wes Stevens, Wyatt Bright, Claire Bright and Ethan Bright; 11 great-grandchildren; Aaron Ward, Rebekah Ward, Jimmy Miller, Aliviah McNeece, Ava Piper, Brantley Howard, Jaxxon Maull, Owyn Howard, Ivy Howard, Emma Howard, Scarlett Stevens, a sister Patricia Eltouni of Jacksonville, Fl and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding Fran in death are her parents, beloved husband Jim on Nov. 8, 2019; grandson, Briar Nicklaus on Aug. 8, 2015; one sister, Ella May Vice.
A celebration of the life of Frances Louise Kerr will be at 7 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 15, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. on Friday in the funeral home.