Frances Marian Beavers

September 11, 1914 ‒ September 22, 2009

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: To many teaching is a learned skill, guided by years of practice, however, there are a few graciously blessed with the natural talent, and genuine love for children. Frances Marian Beavers was a born teacher.

Frances Marian Beavers, of Butler went to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, September 22, 2009 from her home following a short illness. She was 95 years old.

She was born September 11, 1914 in Evansville, Indiana the daughter of Frank and Birdella (Staunton) Norton and was graduated from Butler High School. Following high school, Frances headed off to Ashland College to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree in education in 1940.

Frances began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse, the Chestnut Chapel School, near Bellville. Her three years there where unlike any teaching experience of young professionals today. Her duties where not limited to simply teaching one class, her day to day job ranged from upkeep of the building to meeting the needs of children of all ages.

Following her time at Chestnut Chapel, Frances worked for Richland County Schools, Perrysville School, and Mansfield Schools for 12 years, before settling in Butler. Frances taught fourth grade in her hometown for 20 years. Mrs. Beavers will be remembered by generations of Richland County students for years to come.

Frances was a member of the Richland County Retired Teachers Association and the Ohio State Retired Teachers Association.

In addition to being a wonderful teacher, Frances was an active supporter of the village of Butler. She was a member of the Butler Lioness Club, the Butler/Clear Fork Historical Society, Mt. Sinai United Methodist Church, and was the 1976 Queen of Old Fashioned Days.

Frances is survived by her son James N. and Denise Beavers of Helensburgh, Scotland, a graddaughter Michelle Beavers of Helensburgh, Scotland, and a grandson and his wife Derek and Jeannine Beavers of Washington, DC; and five great grandchildren Michael Beavers, Veronica Beavers, Denise and Nicole Beavers, and Julia Beavers.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest A. Beavers on February 26, 1991, along with two brothers and two sisters.

A funeral service celebrating the life of Frances Marian Beavers will be held Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 1 pm in Mt. Sinai United Methodist Church. Pastor Ken Kinley will officiate and burial will follow in Zion Four Corners Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Clear Fork Valley Foundation may be made through the funeral home.