Frances M. Rains, 81, passed away on March 20, 2010. She is survived by her husband, William of the family home; her daughter, Barbara (Steve) Farmer of Midlothian, Va., her son, David (Bonnie) Rains of Medina, Ohio, five grandchildren, Jennifer Lessmann and Joshua Farmer, Sara Rooks and Mathew Rains, and Elizabeth Rains King; and six great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents and son, Richard L. Rains. Born to Alfred L. and Edythe Wilson on June 9, 1928, in Stockton, Calif. Her parents returned to Colorado in 1930 and she grew up in Rye, where her parents built and operated the Wilson Hotel. She graduated from the Rye High School in l946 and then attended the University of Denver and CSCE (now the University of Northern Colorado). In 1949, she married William Rains and work opportunities led them to live in many different states. Retirement brought them home to Pueblo. Frances thoroughly enjoyed playing Bridge and belonged to several local clubs. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pueblo.Funeral service, 2 p.m. Thursday, March 25, 2010, First Presbyterian Church, 220 W. 10th St., with the Reverend Suzanne D'Spain officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences,

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  1. I remember her sitting there very patiently teaching me how to crochet and make purses and wallets. I even made something for my Mom to bring back with me when I returned from my summer visit. I’ll also cherish the Christmas stockings she made for not only myself..but my brother.. and both of my children. I wish I could have made it out to see her more often…as this is something I will always regret. I love you Grandma..and I’m glad that you can give my Dad company he’s been waiting for almost 22 years exactly. Give him my love for me…as I know he will give it to you from all of us.


  2. Bill and Family. Our condolences.
    We are losing too many of our generation. Francis will be missed. but will live in our memory

  3. Dear Bill and Family
    I was so sorry to hear of Francis’ death. My condolences and prayers are with you. You and Francis were always favorites of my parents.

  4. Dear Bill and Family: Our love and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time of life. Francis will be truly missed by all who had the joy of conversations and just being with her.

    If we’ve learned anything these past years, it’s that those we love are ever really gone – They live on in our hearts and cherished memories always.

    Again, we send our prayers and love,
    Marge, Valerie, Kurt & family

  5. Bill…Losing Francis has to be such a great hurt, and we send our sincere condolences to you and all your family. I also want to celebrate her life. She was thoughtful, generous of heart, and very caring. You and she were the gentle words needed during my “dark days” and those memories of your generous hearts will never be forgotten. Prayers are being sent to all who loved her and feel the enormous void of her passing.

    Sending our love – Your cousins, Pat & John

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