F. Jean Franks

1930 - 2020

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F. Jean Franks of Findlay, went to her heavenly home at 7:54am on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at the Sunrise Care Center in Findlay. She was born the youngest daughter of six children on May 23, 1930 in Hanshaw, Kentucky to the late William B. and Ruby Ann (Henry) Vancleave and was raised in Sturgis, Kentucky. She met a soldier stationed at Ft. Breckinridge, KY on a blind date and ended up marrying this soldier, Lyle E. Franks, on November 11, 1951. She traveled to Etajima, Japan in 1952 and they returned to Findlay, Ohio in 1954, where she would live, work, volunteer, and encourage others for the next 56 years. Lyle preceded her in death on January 21, 1977. Jean worked a variety of jobs in her lifetime, many that some would consider menial but, whatever the task, Jean was determined to do everything as though it was for the Lord and His Glory. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Findlay and was a conversation partner with the International Students at the University of Findlay, where she worked. She was recognized recently for having over 2200 hours of volunteering for Bridge Hospice. She continually opened her home and was considered a surrogate mom and grandmom to the students. She was firmly independent and totally dependent on God and His Grace. On her 80th birthday, she said she was surprised that she had lived that long and to say that she longed for her heavenly home was a huge understatement. Survivors include her daughter, Sharon F. (Duane) Burgess of Edmond, Oklahoma; grandchildren: Vicki (Grady) Sweeton, Aleithia (Spencer) Stephens, Christiana Burgess, and Timothy Burgess; great-grandson, Grady Graham Sweeton and numerous aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, William Franks; grandson, Nathaniel Burgess; sisters: Virginia Vancleave, Dorothy Risk Duffy, and Mary Williams; brothers: William B, and George Vancleave; and numerous aunts and uncles. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Findlay from 1:00-3:00pm. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Monday, January 27, 2020 at First Baptist Church, 1653 Fostoria Rd., Findlay, Ohio 45840, with additional visitation at the church from 10:00-11:00am. Pastor Mike Maskell will officiate and interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Findlay. Memorials may be given to the church and online condolences may be left for the family at www.coldrencrates.com.

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Sunday, January 26th 2020 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    First Baptist Church[Map]
    1635 Fostoria Ave.
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Monday, January 27th 2020 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Monday, January 27th 2020 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    First Baptist Church [Map]
    1635 Fostoria Ave.
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Maple Grove Cemetery [Map]
    1120 W Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Contributions:

    First Baptist Church - Franks
    1653 Fostoria Avenue
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : SHARON and family
Date :Saturday, January 25th 2020
From : Kathy Sturgis
Dear SHARON and all,
It has been my privilege to walk this long path with you to your Mom's and Grandmother's graduation to Heaven. I know each decision was made from hearts of love and honoring your Mom's wishes and comfort. I know saying goodbye is very hard. I will be praying each of you that God will meet you with His comfort, grace and help as you work through this part of life. Hugs and prayers.


To : Sharon
Date :Sunday, January 26th 2020
From : Lynn and Sue Otto
Your Mother was a wonderful neighbor and friend. We miss her.

To : Jean's Family
Date :Sunday, January 26th 2020
From : Sally Griffin
Jean was a ray of sunshine every time she came around. I knew Jean while she worked at the University of Findlay. She not only brightened everyone's day, she always had a kind word for them. Jean loved the international students and would open her heart as well as her home for them. I will miss her bright smile and that wonderful laugh of her! Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.