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Betty J. Frank

Peoria- Betty J. Frank, 87, of Peoria, passed away at 10:50 AM on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at her residence. She was born on September 6, 1933 in Canton, a daughter of Ernest and Beulah (Murphy) Deam. She married Rogers M. Frank on October 16, 1955 in Canton. He preceded her in death.

Also preceding her in death are her parents, three brothers, one sister, and one son-in-law, William Arrowsmith.

Surviving are her children, Teresa (Anton) Pavesich of Downers Grove; Sherry (Joe Simmons) Arrowsmith of Trivoli; five grandchildren, Stephanie (Jordan) Suits, Courtney (Joshua) Fisher, Kelsey (Adam Zuppardo) Pavesich, Andrew (Nikki) Pavesich, Justin Arrowsmith, and eight great-grandchildren.

Betty met the love of her life while attending Graham Hospital School of Nursing.  She married him soon after graduating as a Registered Nurse.  She was very proud of her profession and cared for patients for more than 50 years.  She was a caring and compassionate caregiver which was reflected in all facets of her life.

Betty’s first love was her family, watching them grow and assisting them along the way.  She was only a phone call away, and no matter the circumstance, would be by their side to help with whatever was needed.

Betty was an avid sports fan, whenever you would stop for a visit, there was game (or a Hallmark movie) on the television.  Her passing left an empty seat in the bleachers of basketball, softball, football, swimming, baseball and soccer games.  She rarely missed an opportunity to watch a game with a family member playing.  She showed her own competitive spirit, pitching softball well into her seventies.  There was no one more excited when her beloved Cubs won the World Series.

Betty was always up for an adventure whether it was a long road trip with the family, a flight to see a new place, a cruise to a faraway place with a friend, or taking in a flea market looking for treasures.  She was always making things, she spent many hours with her grandchildren making crafts that they could give, as a gift, to someone special.

Betty always filled her house with laughter. Everyone was welcome for an overnight filled with pizza and movies, a holiday meal, or a simple night of playing cards.  The sound of her laugh and the warmth of her smile will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Per Betty’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded through Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Graveside service and burial of ashes will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday June 19, 2021 in Trivoli Cemetery. Rev. Walter Wilkins will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Walk to End Alzheimer’s, in care of Grandview Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, or to Trivoli Fire Department. To leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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