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Obituary for Frances Fritzi Frary
FRANCES "FRITZI" FRARY, 91, of 204 E. 2nd Street, Prophetstown, IL, died Saturday, November 8, 2008 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, IL, with her son, Denny, by her side. Fritzi was born July 25, 1917 in Clinton, IA to F.H. and Myrtle (Lowry) Douthitt. She graduated from Lake View High School in Chicago, IL and later graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana with a major in Fine Arts. While attending the University of Illinois, she began a modeling career, that led her to be known as the top model in Chicago for several years. At the U of I, she was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. She also became the Illinois Homecoming Queen and met the love of her life, Deane Frary of Prophetstown. She married C. Deane Frary on November 25, 1939 in Evanston, IL. He died August 30, 1989. After marriage, Deane and Fritzi moved to Chicago. Deane joined the Navy during WWII and Fritzi followed him to many destinations. After the war, the couple moved to Prophetstown, as Deane took his place in the family business at Frary and Sons Lumber and Grain. Fritzi played an active role in community affairs and was a member of the Prophetstown United Methodist Church. For many years, her knitting skills produced knitted caps for the Salvation Army, the Methodist Church, and other charitable organizations. In later years, she was a patron of the Clinton Area Community Showboat Theatre. She loved young people and cultivated many friendships with the actors there. She and her husband were avid Fighting Illini fans and supporters. In 1998, during a halftime ceremony at Memorial Stadium, Fritzi received her honorary "Varsity I". She took great pride in "her boys". She also loved animals, dogs in particular. Survivors include two sons, Dave (Wiki) Frary of Greenwood, AR and Denny Frary of Prophetstown, IL; two grandsons, Mark and John Whittington; one sister, Mrs. Dorothy Deacon of Portland, OR; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Deane and one sister, Josephine Markowitz.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: 10:30 AM Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at the Prophetstown United Methodist Church - Prophetstown, ILOFFICIATING: Rev. Insun Yoon " Pastor of the Prophetstown United Methodist Church - Prophetstown, ILCREMATION RITES HAVE BEEN ACCORDED Bosma-Gibson 320 Lafayette Street " Prophetstown, IL IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.INTERMENT Riverside Cemetery " Prophetstown, IL