Frances Louise Maanum

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Frances Louise Maanum was born May 8, 1921 at New York Mills, Minnesota, the daughter of Walter E. and Hazel Marie (Crabb) Johnson.  She was baptized October 18, 1921 and confirmed in the Christian Faith.  Frances grew up and attended school and graduated from New York Mills High School.  In 1942 she moved to Benson, MN where she worked as a book keeper at Farmers Union Insurance and Oil Company in Benson for several years.


On September 24, 1949 Frances was united in marriage to Randall Maanum at Our Saviors Church in Benson by Rev. Harold Nashiem.  To this union two sons and one daughter were born.  Together Frances and Randall were able to share in forty-eight years of marriage.


They lived on Randall’s home place and moved to Benson in 1991.  They enjoyed raising their family by going to church and school things for all their children.  Faith and family were very important to her.  Church was a definite priority.  She was a Sunday school teacher, served on the Alter Guild, and Circle at West Zion.  Frances enjoyed reading, cooking, baking, gardening, quilting, and yard work.


Frances was called from this life on November 1, 2019 at Knute-Nelson Care Center in Alexandria, MN.  She attained the age of 98 years, 5 months and 24 days.  She is survived by her children: Renae (Mike) Olson of Hancock, David (wife Teresa Platz) Maanum of Fergus Falls, and Gary (Cindy) Maanum of Alexandria; grandchildren: Sara Olson, Kelsey Olson, Kelly Smith, Kay (Damon) Curfman, Scott (Rose) Maanum, Suzanne (Will) Orr, Tyler Maanum, Riley Maanum, and Tony Maanum; step-grandchildren: Kate (Randall) Mansfield, Tony Onstad, and Joe Onstad; great-grandchildren: Donovan Curfman, Gunnar Curfman, Tanner Curfman, Rory Orr, and Hutcher Orr; and step-great-grandchildren, Avery Mansfield and Easton Mansfield.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Randall; sisters: Lorraine, Joyce and June; brothers, Kenneth and Donald; and great-granddaughter, Alexandra Curfman.


Blessed be the memory of Frances Louise Maanum.


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