Frances Van Blaricum

Memorial services for Frances Van Blaricum, 92, Lawrence will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Inurnment will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 6, 2014 in the Scroggins Mausoleum at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City, KS. She died Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.

Frances was born August 18, 1921 in Ashland, KS the daughter of Robert and Lillie (Skelton) Nunemacher. She graduated from Emporia State Teachers College in 1943.

She married James Walter Van Blaricum on September 5, 1943 in Ashland. They raised their family in Meade, KS, where J.W. practiced dentistry for over 30 years and Frances served as his assistant for many of those years. She was also a homemaker. Their retirement years were spent in Dodge City, KS where they enjoyed golf and traveling together until his death in 2004.

Frances moved to Lawrence in 2005 where she was a member of Chapter HZ, P.E.O., the Tennola Literary Club, and the First Presbyterian Church. She also enjoyed attending events at the Lied Center and Lawrence Community Theatre.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty Grogan, Albuquerque, NM, Francia Bird and husband, Eric, El Dorado, KS; two sons, Ken Van Blaricum and wife, Annette, Pratt, KS, Galen Van Blaricum and wife, Karen, Lawrence; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren. She was also proceeded in death by one sister, Eula May Nunemacher; and one brother, Robert Nunemacher.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials in her name to the First Presbyterian Church and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

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  1. Judith Hollis on August 26, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Frances will be missed by many at the Brandon Woods Retirement Community. Her gentle smile and graceful stature were visible signs of the gracious woman inside. Judith Hollis

  2. L Heckard on August 27, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Based solely on my professional acquaintance with her son (Galen), I can only imagine one very fine lady. Wishing your family peace and sending condolences.

  3. Cleo Brannan on August 27, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Frances, J.W. and family were always very dear to me and my family. I know you will all miss your mother very much. Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with you.
    Cleo Brannan and family

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