In memory of

Frances Buckley

May 19, 1920 - December 2, 2021
From: Sac City, IA
Frances Buckley

Frances Buckley

Born: May 19, 1920
Died: December 2, 2021
Age: 101
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   Frances Buckley, age 101, of Sac City, IA passed away Thursday Dec. 2, 2021 at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll, IA surrounded by family and friends. Frances was born on May 19, 1920 in Sac City, IA, the daughter of Hans Jacobsen and Maggie Wiese Jacobsen.  She was raised on a farm south of Sac City, attending public school near Sac City.  Frances was baptized on May 19, 1944 and confirmed on May 21, 1944. 

      Frances graduated from Sac City High School in 1937. She then continued her education at Iowa State Teacher’s College, now the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, where she earned her teaching qualifications.  Frances taught for nine years at various country schools in the Sac City area.

       Frances was united in marriage to Raymond P. Buckley on July 28, 1946 at the United Methodist Parsonage in Lake View, IA.  They became the parents of one daughter, Pamela, and then grandparents of one granddaughter, Cortney.  Later, Frances was employed as the secretary at Pfister Associated Growers for nine years.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed painting, calligraphy, scherenschnitte, and other crafts. 

     Frances was a member of the Sac City United Methodist Church and also Historian of the United Methodist Women. She was very proud to have reproduced the history of the church in calligraphy, which is proudly and prominently displayed in the Sac City Methodist Fellowship Hall.

      Those who remain to cherish her memory include her daughter Pam Dunsmore of Carroll, IA; granddaughter Cortney Ragsdale of Huntersville, NC; great-grandchildren: Kylie and Maci Ragsdale.  Other survivors include nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members, and dear friends.

      Frances is preceded in death by her parents; husband Raymond on March 28, 1998; sisters and brothers-in-law: Mildred Buckley and husband Dana, Marjorie Burk and husband Roger, Dorothy Moore and husband Keith, Mildred Jons and husband Vern, Marge Buckley and husband Bob, Christina Buckley and husband Earl.

An excerpt written by Frances Buckley from “Ring In The Memories” published through auspices of State of Iowa’s Friends of the Museum
Country School
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”
                 There was something magical about the little old country school. When school convened in the fall, I remember the different fragrances of sweeping compound, chalk, and the freshness of the newly washed and starched white window curtains.
                 We had all grades from primary through the eighth grade. The teacher had to be a juggler or a magician to work all the classes into a daily or a weekly schedule.
The worst of times — we didn't have much in the way of material things with which to work. Everyone tried to buy used textbooks for their children and some didn't have books at all. Their parents deemed shoes more important than books, and they could not afford both. It seemed that there were always generous classmates who shared their books. Workbooks were unheard of at that time.
We sprinkled the sweeping compound on the floor to control the dust and swept everyday. One spring morning I accidently put up the flag upside down. I didn't know it at the time, but this is a distress signal (we had no phone in the school.) Without realizing it, I had summoned three farmers from their field work. I guess that would qualify as my most embarrassing moment as a teacher.
Before a student could enter high school, eighth graders had to pass a state test over all subjects. The previous seven years were in preparation for this examination. No one slid by without knowing how to read, spell, figure, or learn geography facts. A student could fail just by having poor penmanship. This state examination motivated all eighth graders to do their best. If they failed to pass the tests, they were required to repeat the entire eighth grade. Plus it was shameful to them. Many a pupil said silent prayers while waiting for the results of the examinations. Oh, Yes! Prayer was favorably looked upon in the school. In fact, each school day began with a prayer and our pledge to the flag.
Funeral Service
2:00 p.m., Saturday
December 11, 2021
United Methodist Church
Sac City, Iowa

Reverend Missy Brown
Prior to the service
1:00 p.m., Saturday
December 11, 2021
United Methodist Church
Sac City, Iowa
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 8:49 AM
“Pam and family, our sympathies to all of you. It was an honor to be a pallbearer for Frances today. I sure enjoyed doing her yard work for her for many years. I always enjoyed the visits when I was blowing snow for her, and she would invite me in to warm up (I don't think she realized how warm I was) and have a snack and drink. When I read Cody and Blair's condolences, I remembered how many times she shared with me the enjoyment she got when you kids came over to her house. Just shows how special she was and how she cared for others. It was nice to meet her granddaughter and great granddaughters as she always talked about how special they were to her along with her daughter. We pray that God will comfort you in your lose. ”
- Merlen and Carolyn Noess
Friday, December 10, 2021 at 9:54 AM
“Remembering Frances at this time may she rest in peace. I fondly remember her as a nice neighbor. Typically smiling and positive. She will be missed.”
- Richard Freese
Monday, December 6, 2021 at 3:16 PM
“My parents moved our family from Sac City to Denver, CO; in 1960. Every year we would go back to Iowa and visit our relatives. I will always remember going to visit Aunt Frances and she always had a coffee cake, snack or something yummy for her company. As I got older I started requesting her recipes and she joyfully would either write them out then, or send them to me when I got home. I will always treasure my time and memories. My condolences Pam, Courtney and girls. May she rest in peace.”
- Jill Buckley
Monday, December 6, 2021 at 9:27 AM
“Growing up next to Frances was an absolute blessing. I have very fond memories of stopping over many times to play Pick-up Sticks, Scrabble, and many other games. Frances taught me to calligraphy and how to make hot cocoa from scratch. She was always sharing stories from her past and showing photos of her family. Frances- You will be missed by so many. Thank you for being such a big part of my childhood. My condolences to you beautiful family. May you rest in peace. We will never forget you. ”
- Cody Bachman
Monday, December 6, 2021 at 9:27 AM
“I lived next door to Frances for several years on Audubon Street. While my youngest brother was the closest of us kids to Frances, we all enjoyed our time with her. Cody would play board games with her quite often. I remember one year when she came over for New Years Eve and actually made it through midnight! One time my mom and stepdad left for the weekend so my mom had Frances check in on me. I was maybe 15 years old then and was learning how to drive. Frances took me out to lunch and on the way home, we talked about driving and she told me to let her know if she was driving correctly! She was a very sweet lady and was so good to my family. We had a pole between our two houses that we'd decorate for the different holidays. I have many fond memories of Frances and heard many stories about Pam and Cortney. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
- Blair (Bachman) Coomer
Monday, December 6, 2021 at 9:27 AM
“What a privilege and honor to meet and visit with Frances. Had the privilege to visit and play dominoes with her at the nursing home. She was still teaching at the age of 100 and taught me the game of dominoes. She was always the winner and would say' sorry' about that " New game"! The staff would come for her two or three times for dinner, and she would say I would rather play dominoes than eat! What a nice lady and my life is better for meeting and knowing her. Frances, may you rest in peace and God Bless!”
Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 10:43 AM
“When I grew up I spent a lot of time in Francis house. Her daughter was and is a friend of mine. Francis was a wonderful person, great cook, and she will be missed. ”
- Mary (Johnson) Beauliey
Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 10:43 AM
“My sincere condolences to my dear cousin Pam, her daughter Courtney, and her granddaughters. I will miss my loving Aunt Francis.❤”
- Nancy spanjer
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