Frances Ware Hathaway Obituary, 2011

A resident of Colorado Springs since 1945, Frances (Elizabeth) Ware Hathaway passed away-at home, in the care of her family and friends and Hospice nurses-on Thursday, March 10th, 2011 at age 92. She had been a member of First Presbyterian Church since 1946, was an active member of the Kinnikinnik Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and had held the office of National Defense Chairwoman for the chapter; she was for many years a member of the Womens’ Educational Society and the Portia Study Club. Frances was born on September 10, 1918 in Fort Madison, Iowa. Her parents were Oliver Faxon Ware and Clara Virna Lang. She married Robert E. Hathaway on February 22, 1941; he died in 2000. Her sister, Genevieve Ware Schon, and brother-in-law, Matt Schon, died in 1966. Frances grew up in Denmark, Iowa, and graduated from the Denmark Academy H. S. She graduated from Ft. Madison Business College and attended Iowa State University. She worked at the Shaffer Pen Company in Fort Madison, and at the Iowa Ordnance Plant during World War II as a Rosie the Riveter. After she had raised her two sons, she was employed as an administrative secretary at School District Eleven for 16 years. Carrying on in Frances’ spirit are her sons James D. Hathaway (Alice) and Bruce F. Hathaway (Karen Sagstetter), of metropolitan Washington, D. C., her brother Robert Ware (Mary Lou) of Carroll, Iowa, a nephew Chuck Niemann (Marlyn) of Villa Park, California, six other nieces and nephews, nine grandnephews and grandnieces, a great grand nephew, three honorary grandchildren and seven honorary great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs on Tuesday, April 5th at 11 A.M. Frances’ ashes will be interred with those of her husband, Robert, at Arlington National Cemetery. One of Frances’ all-time favorite volunteer activities was presenting DAR Citizenship Awards to local students. Memorial contributions to this program can be sent to: Frances Ware Hathaway Memorial Student Good Citizenship Fund, Kinnikinnik Chapter, NSDAR, P.O. Box 127, Elbert, CO 80106
Source:  The Gazette on Mar. 13, 2011

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