Frances “Fran” Ekes, nee Ayles, 89 of Sparta, Illinois passed away peacefully at home on January 3, 2020 surrounded by family.
Frances was born on May 26, 1930 in Oxford, Mississippi to the late Fulton and Margaret (Wells) Ayles. After graduating high school she attended Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans, Louisiana, graduating in 1952 as a registered nurse. Frances worked in Intensive Care Units in hospitals in New Orleans and in Memphis, Tennessee.
She married Melvin Mark Ekes on April 25, 1952, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He preceded her in death.
Frances is survived her children – Margaret Richter of Sparta, Frances (Dewey) Thompson of Sparta, Mark (Kristy-jon) Ekes of Coulterville, and Elizabeth (Kurt) Nortin of Red Bud. Grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
She was also preceded in death by her parents. Siblings – Martha Denton, Robert Ayles, Thomas Ayles, Harry Ayles all of Oxford, Mississippi. Stepson – Walter Mark Ekes and his wife, Patricia of Columbus, Ga.
After moving to Sparta, Frances accepted a nursing position at Randolph County Care Center where she worked for more than 25 years until she retired.
Frances was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She cared deeply for her extended family, friends, neighbors, and her church. Her family and friends will always remember her as being “such a kind and special lady”.
Memorial Contributions may be made to New Palestine Methodist Church or the Human Service Center in Red Bud, IL.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.heilschuessler.com.
Visitation: Public visitation will be held at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at the New Palestine Methodist Church in Walsh, IL on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Funeral: Services will be held at the New Palestine Methodist Church (Located at 8781 Shawneetown Trail, Walsh, IL 62297) on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor John Best officiating.
Interment: Burial will be held at Caledonia Cemetery in Sparta, IL.
Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements