Frances Deanna Beaty Ashby, age 78 of Mystic, Iowa, passed away Thursday, May 27, 2021 at MercyOne Medical Center in Centerville, surrounded by her family.
Frances was born on January 11, 1943 to Frank and Twilah (Hunt) McVeigh.
She graduated from Mystic High School. She was a homemaker for many years before she continued her education at Indian Hills Community College, earning her LPN. Frances worked at McGraw Edison for a period of time while obtaining her degree. She then worked at several different facilities as an LPN, until her retirement.
Frances enjoyed playing bingo, and playing cards, especially poker and Canasta. She was passionate about eating out when possible, especially George and Nick’s pizza. She liked sunflowers and cardinals. She was fond of planting flowers and tomatoes, and sitting outside talking to her neighbors, especially her friend, Lois.
Frances always spoke before she thought about what she was saying. She wants to apologize to anyone she may have offended, or hurt their feelings. She was a nosey backseat driver, who always wanted to know who you were talking to or about. She was a Legion Auxiliary member for many years. Moreover, Frances was very passionate about her grandkids and great grandchildren, and enjoyed going to the lake to visit with family when camping.
Left to cherish Frances’ memory are her five children, Rhonda (Tim) Whitcomb, Ramona (Donnie) Barbaglia, Rebecca (Boon) Bills, all of Mystic, Michael (Kim) Beaty and Raelynn (Doug) Robinson, both of Moravia; step children, Sharla Ashby and Shelly Cramer of Iowa Falls, and Billy Hatfield of Centerville; her dog companion, Lexi; a brother, Roger McVeigh of Unionville, Iowa; two brothers-in-law, Gary Barrell and Laurel Varner; a sister-in-law, Betty McVeigh; eleven grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Frances was preceded in death by her 1st husband, Dean Beaty; her 2nd husband, David Ashby; her parents, Frank and Twilah McVeigh; two sisters, Caroll Barrell and Kathy Varner; and a brother, David McVeigh.
A Celebration of Life Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville with the family greeting friends from 2-4PM. A Prayer service will be conducted at 1:30PM, Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville. Memorials have been established to the family, and checks may be written to Raelynn Robinson, to be determined at a later date, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, C/O Ashby family, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.
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