Frances Follis

frances follis

Frances L. Follis, 94, Arthur ND, passed away on Sep 8 at the Arthur Good Samaritan Home.  Frances was born Aug 31, 1917 to Russell and Jennie Follis.  After graduating from college in Grand Forks in 1939 she taught in Larimore, ND for 8 years.  In 1947 she entered the ministry.  She enjoyed freely sharing the gospel message through the years in ND, MO, AR & SD.  When her health declined in 2008 she entered the Good Samaritan Home in Arthur where she was lovingly cared for and visited by the staff, residents and her many friends from far and near.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Elinor (Hjalmar) Hartvickson, one brother, Robert (Maxine).  She is survived by her nephew Lowell (Debi) Hartvikson and his family, plus many loyal friends she has made along her journey.

Frances' Co-workers included: ND 1947-1980: Myra Olson, Hazel Hughes, Bella Forbes, Amanda Olson, Marie Overby, Mary Spiers, Violet Myers, Virgie Lacy, Pearl Hanson, Elizabeth Bakke, May Russell, Leona Strouse, Eldora Pierson, Sharon Rostad, Phyllis Williams, Doris Brown, Betty Braasch, Mary Naline, Shelley Vigesaa  MO/AR 1980-1996: Donna Finney, Helen Pedigo, Janet Walker, Melodie Mowry, Connie Wheeler, Minnie Gilbert, Alice Timbrook, Sara Starns, Lorraine Lerwick, Margaret Knaggs, Kathleen Greene, Melissa Mounce, Christine Williams, Joy Widel, Loretta Olsen, Sarah Mead  SD 1996-2000: Marvel Krauss, Gayle Motley, Harriet Cossentine, Adele Jeske  ND 2000-2008: Edith Mack, Ardith Ellingson and several others as she visited the different areas in ND her last few active years.

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  1. Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada
    Many many special memories we all have of our dear Frances. She was loved and adored by many and it was because she had the Spirit of Christ within. Great inspirtion to all.

  2. CITRUS HEIGHTS CAI remember Frances well from when we labored in Manitoba and would come down for Cando conv. We always appreciated the warm welcome we felt from her and others those days. We’re glad to know she’s released from her worn out body.

  3. Fergus Falls MN
    Sad to think of Frances passing from the earth, tho’ on to better things! No more suffering n sorrow. Lois & All

  4. Springfield MOI’m deeply sad that our dear Frances is gone. I hope she knew how loved & revered she was, by us & so many. She loved my soul & labored and prayed for me, I know. It’s sweet to know, though, that her course in life is finished with honor & heaven and Home is hers now. ~ Sarah & Simon

  5. Ash Grove MOThinking of your fellowship and faith to us in our area of Missouri in the years gone by. You were a special lady who was with Helen Pedigo in our Halltown area and your walk and spirit meant so much to us.

  6. Springfield MissouriFrances was a wonderful servant of God who,in patience, labored and helped my husband and I to learn more of what is truly important in this life, to live for God and be an ensample to those who may be seeking God and Jesus also. She will be remembered by me, the rest of my days, for her kindness and love for God and his people, and her unending dedication to the gospel.

  7. Edgemont SDMy dear Frances was one I knew prayed for me. Another of my earthly “props” is gone. May I be the same to others.
    I wonder if there will be Scrabble in heaven?
    Frances was in our field (Southern Black Hills of South Dakota) in about 2001.

  8. St. Petersburg FLTo a vibrant, intelligent woman who was filled with wisdom, love, and dedication. I admired and loved you. The year we worked together was an inspiration to learn, care, and not be afraid to be real. One of the truly great people I have walked with on this earth…

  9. Springfield MOFrances was a dear friend to so many of us in Missouri. She loved, she gave of herself. I was her first companion in Missouri and have so many wonderful memories of her pouring out her heart and soul for others that year. We have learned so much from her. We appreciate what she gave to us. We will miss our friend…

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