Muriel “Frances” Caldwell, 71, of Shelbina passed away on Tuesday, July 14 at the Lenoir Woods Community Center.
Frances was born on August 27, 1948 at Levering Hospital in Hannibal to Muriel Grant and James Elias “JE” Caldwell. Her mother and father met while serving in World War II, Muriel for the Women’s Army Corps, and JE as an Army Warrant Officer. Upon his return from the European theater, JE and Muriel settled near his father’s farm in Shelbina to establish their own family and work their own farm. Her father, who graduated from The University of Missouri-Columbia in 1940, was an Agriculture Engineer who worked for International Harvester before joining the Army. Her mother, who grew up in South Carolina, was a homemaker caring for their children: Frances, Frank, Nancy and Rose.
Frances was part of the first class to graduate from the newly formed South Shelby High School in 1966. From there, she attended Northeast Missouri State and graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. After teaching in St. Louis, she had a successful accounting career and earned her Masters of Science in Taxation at Golden State University in 1982.
Frances, a devout believer, who loved her Lord and Savior, was a member of Shelbina First Baptist Church. Frances especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by two sisters, Nancy and Rose, and brother Frank, along with eight nieces and nephews who were very dear to her: Jessica, Marylyn, Vanessa, Brice, Grant, Harrison, Marcus and Paul.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Shelbina Cemetery on Saturday, August 29, at 10 a.m. Friends and family are welcome to attend.
Arrangements are under the direction of Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Shelbina.