Frances “Fran” Draper

Feb 3rd, 1936 - May 19th, 2021


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Sun, May. 23rd, 2021 12:00 PM - !:30 PM


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Sun, May. 23rd, 2021 1:30 PM


Maplewood Cemetery

Sun, May. 23rd, 2021 2:30 PM

Frances “Fran” Draper

Frances “Fran” E. Draper, age 85, of Marion, passed away at 8:44am on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at her home in Marion, surrounded by her loving family.

Frances was born in Zeigler on February 3, 1936 the daughter of Hubert and Myrtie (Boyt) Meadows. She attended Marion schools, graduating in 1954.  She married her high school sweetheart, Lyle D. Draper, in Kennett, Missouri on March 16, 1953. After graduation she and Lyle moved to Littleton, Colorado. They had three children- Tanya, Keith, and Kelly. Here, Fran worked for Littleton Clinic for 21 years, where she was office manager. She then went to work for Dr. Frank Peacock for ten years. Fran and Lyle returned to Marion in 1993. She worked for Dr. Katubig and Dr. Richard Morgan and later Southern Illinois Orthopedic Clinic. Fran and her husband were members of Heartland Christian Church. Fran and Lyle adopted two grandchildren, Keina and Kariena, and later acquired two more grandchildren to raise- Christian and Kadin. Fran retired in 2014. She and Lyle enjoyed 62 years of marriage before his passing on February 1, 2015.

Fran enjoyed auctions and going to antique shops. She dearly loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She will be missed dearly by all those that knew and loved her.

She is survived by her:
Daughter – Tanya Fox and husband Chris of Aurora, Colorado
Son – Keith Draper of Englewood, Colorado
Daughter – Keina Beasley and husband Rick of West Frankfort
Daughter – Kariena Draper of Marion
Seven grandchildren;
     Wesley Tandy stationed in Nevada
     James Craft of Troy, Ohio
     Ryan Bunner of Denver, Colorado
     Christian Draper of Marion
     Kadin Draper of Marion

     Noah Beasley of West Frankfort

     Kaelyn Beasley of Marion
Eight great grandchildren;
     Layla, Ayden, Ava Tandy of El Paso, Texas

     Caleb Tandy of Wilmington

     Chloie, James, Lily, and Skyden Craft of Troy, Ohio

Several nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son – Kelly Draper, two sisters- Violet Frey and Betty Klope, and twin grandsons Jase Carlyle and Cole Alan Beasley.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30pm on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Greg Gibbs officiating.  Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 12:00pm until 1:30pm on Sunday at the funeral home.

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4 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Mike & Bonnie Darter

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 21, 2021

    Fran was such a sweet lady. We always enjoyed seeing her and visiting. We admired her so much. May God bless each of you,

  • Guest: Sue Trexler

    From: Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Date: May 21, 2021

    Aunt Fran you are loved. I cannot remember a time that you were not my pretty aunt Fran. ♥️

  • Guest: Keith Draper

    From: Englewood, Colorado

    Date: May 23, 2021

    This message from her son Keith Im not going to make it But I know My mom would understand Im going to miss her very much See was a great mother

    Love you mom!!!!!

  • Guest: Rhonda Goffinet

    From: Hurst, Illinois

    Date: May 23, 2021

    Fran was such a special woman. She was so caring and sweet. Would always help if anyone needed it. She loved her children and grandchildren. There was always a smile on her face when she spoke of them. She will be greatly missef