The Ottumwa Courier

April 23, 2013

Frances Waters


Ottumwa Courier

LOVILIA — Frances Waters, 94, of Lovilia, died on April 22, 2013, at Monroe County Hospital. 

Frances was born July 25, 1918, to Frank and Maggie (Wilson) Barnes in Lovilia. She married Harold Waters on Oct. 2, 1934, in Moravia. They shared 60 years of marriage, and during most of this time they owned and operated Waters Grocery in Lovilia. From this union, they raised six children, Iola, Carol, Phyllis, Gene, Mark and John. Harold preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 1994.

Frances was a very classy lady who loved her family and was devoted to her church. She enjoyed being a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, and she cherished the time she spent with her family. She was a lifelong resident of Lovilia and a longtime member of the Lovilia United Methodist Church, where she served in many capacities.

Frances was a homemaker with a beautiful voice. Her love of music led to her being a member of the Sweet Adelines and singing for her church. She and her brother, Bill, sang together at many area funerals. She was an active member of the Republican Party. Later in life, one of Frances’ greatest joys was hosting morning coffee for her family and friends.

Frances is survived by two daughters, Carol (DeWayne) Allison and Phyllis (Tom) Dunkin, both of Lovilia; two sons, Gene (Marge) Waters of Muscatine and Mark (Joyce) Waters of Des Moines; daughter-in-law, Sharon Waters of Lovilia; 13 grandchildren, Diane Edgington, Scott Allison, Bruce (Kellie) Allison, Tina (Randy) Dunkin, Lisa Shelford, Tom (Petra) Dunkin, Greg (Pam) Waters, Julie (Steve) Prunchak, Tim (Michelle) Waters, Todd Waters, Toni (Gary) Morris, Sarah Waters and Sandy Waters; 28 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; sister, Renie (Max) Bowman of Ottumwa; sister-in-law, Norma Barnes of Lovilia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; two infant sons, Kenneth and Keith; daughter, Iola Gladfelder; son, John; grandson, Dale Allison; two infant granddaughters; one infant grandson; parents, Frank and Maggie Barnes; brother, Bill Barnes; and sister, Beatrice Dorr.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Lovilia United Methodist Church; the Rev. Randy Beary officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Lovilia. 

Visitation will open to the public at 2 p.m. today at the Sinnott Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Lovilia. Frances’ family will be present from 6-8 p.m. this evening at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to Lovilia United Methodist Church or to the Lovilia Community Building.

Online condolences may be left at sinnottfuneralhome.com.