Frances Essick

Frances Essick


Frances Essick, 94, of Centerville and formerly of Corydon, passed away on Oct. 27, 2018, at Centerville Specialty Care.

Frances was born in Des Moines on March 21, 1924, to Earl and Lila (Gallaway) Hatfield. She graduated from Norwalk High School in 1942. On July 4, 1942, she married Alonzo Essick and to this union seven children were born.

Frances was a wonderful homemaker, loving mother and wife who was devoted to the Lord. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School, attending Bible study and volunteering/participating in various church activities. She also enjoyed gardening and spending quality time with her family.

Survivors include five children: Charlotte Novotny (Myles), Phyllis Howard (Gary), Evelyn Beard (Doug), Elizabeth Zuehlsdorf (Jim) and Steve Essick, daughter-in-law, Peggy Essick; 13 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three sisters: Margaret Harper, Dorothy Hildreth and Marian Perkins; brother-in-law, Kenneth Essick (Vivian); sister-in-law, Mary Essick; and numerous extended family.

She was preceded in death by her husband Alonzo; parents; sons, Leonard Essick and Frank Essick; and a sister Betty Trethewey.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 at Thomas Funeral Home in Centerville. Interment will immediately follow at Promise City Cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to the funeral from 12 to 2 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Centerville Specialty Care, Corydon Specialty Care, Care Initiatives Hospice of Albia or the Prairie Trails Museum of Wayne County and online condolences may be shared at

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