Frances ‘Fran’ L Blair | The newspaper



Frances “Fran” L. Blair, 87, of Marion, went on Thursday, May 19, 2022 to see Jesus and be with her loving husband Sid. A celebration

of Life will take place at a later date.

Fran was born on May 14, 1935 to Carl J. and Marie (Claus) Hillers in Manchester, Iowa. She was married to George “Sid” S. Blair on August 23, 1953 in Delaware, Iowa. Fran and Sid co-owned The Town Crier and Anamosa Publications in Anamosa.

Fran was an active member of the Living Water Methodist Church in Marion. She enjoyed quilting, stamping, tea parties with her great granddaughters, chicken wings and golf. She particularly enjoyed touring the United States with Sid in her 37-foot trailer. She was happiest when she was with her family. She called every family member and sang Happy Birthday on her birthday every year. We will all miss that.

Fran’s memories remain with her daughters Nancy (Phil) Craver and Susan Rundall (Jim Holder); grandsons David Rundall, Adam (Tasha) Rundall, Aaron (Maribel) Rundall, Ryan (Mikaela) Craver and Jillian (Jasen) Smith; great-grandchildren, Savannah Peterson, Rachel Nelson, Ellie Rundall, Arianna, Skylar, and Olivia Rundall, Sawyer and Lexi Smith, and Larissa Saunders; nieces, Pam and Kathy; nephew, Greg; and former son-in-law, Jerry Rundall. She is also survived by her cat, Bakin, who meant the world to her; and her very special best friend of 72 years, Mary Nosbish. She also leaves behind her church friends, whom she loved dearly.

Many thanks to Mercy Hospital and Mercy Home Health Care for the excellent care she received. Special thanks to the Mercy Hospice team who looked after her in her final days. Amy, Sara and Bill – you were our angels during this difficult time. Not only did you take care of our mum, grandma and great-grandmother, you took care of us too. Thank you for what you do. Finally I thank Dr. Matthew Fox and his associates. Mom loved you all.

If you choose to do so, please make memorials on Fran’s behalf to Mercy Hospice in Cedar Rapids who took such good care of Mom and Dad, Alzheimer’s Association honoring her son-in-law Phil Craver, Hero’s Haven Animal Rescue in Manchester, Iowa or Dog’s Forever in Cedar Rapids. She loved her rescued big dogs.

Online messages of condolences can be sent to the family at under Obituaries.

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