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Frances A. Solomon
February 14, 1935 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Frances Anne Solomon died on January 22, 2024, at the age of 88. She was born on Feb. 14, 1935, in Springfield, IL, the 3rd of 8 children to George F. Solomon and Imelda (Smith) Solomon. Frances was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Joseph, George, and John (JC); sisters, Baby Emily, Rose Hall, and Veronica Sigurdson; nephew, Willie Hall and nieces Christina Sigurdson and Catherine Queen.
She is survived by her sister Mary of Kerrville, 17 nieces and nephews, 29 great nieces and nephews, and 6 great-great nieces and nephews.
Frances attended grade school at St. Patrick’s in Bloomington, IL, and high school at St. Francis Aspirant School in Springfield. At this time, she joined the Secular Third Order of St. Francis. During summer break she got her first job as a Nurse’s Aide at St. Joseph Hospital in Bloomington. This was during the 1950 Polio Epidemic. This first experience with death and disease greatly affected her. After she graduated from high school and with the generous assistance of the Franciscan Sisters in Springfield, she was able to obtain an RN Diploma from St. John’s Hospital in Springfield and later a BS in nursing from St. Louis University. She worked in several different hospitals in IL and WI until 1978.
In 1978 she moved to Uvalde, TX to help her younger sister Rose and her 6 children. In 1980 they all moved to Kerrville, TX. Frances then went to work at the Kerrville State Hospital (her favorite place of employment.) She retired in 1995. That’s when her volunteering started. Her first place St. Vincent de Paul. She was a great help in starting their Thrift Store, “Vinnie’s on Broadway.” Besides SVDP she also volunteered with the Freeman-Fritts Animal Shelter in Kerrville.
Frances was a member of the Notre Dame Catholic Church and was active in many ministries there: May Crowning, Mercy Sunday, Eucharistic Ministry to the sick, Corpus Christi Procession, Fatima Rosary Rally, Prolife activities, School Festivals, Blessing of Animals, and whenever and wherever help was needed. Frances was a talented artist. She has not left a “Rembrandt,” but she restored many photos, paintings, statues, etc.
Frances was also a member of the Secular Franciscan Order, and her life was greatly influenced by her devotion to Christ and St. Francis of Assisi. Frances’ HOUSE was a HOME to many family members, relatives, friends, and even strangers when they were in need. She will be greatly missed.
Services are as follows: Visitation and Vigil Service: Feb. 1st 3 pm – 5 pm at Wright’s Funeral Parlor. Mass of Christian Burial will be Feb 2, 10 am at Notre Dame Catholic Church. Private Burial service at Mt. View Cemetery in Kerrville.