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Mrs. Frances Elaine (Shackelford) Brouse

Mrs. Frances Elaine (Shackelford) Brouse
  • January 10, 1943 - December 24, 2020
  • Coldwater, Michigan

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“Fran has always been a positive role model in my life. I am forever greatful for the precious memories we've shared ❤ ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Halle Wainscott - Coldwater, MI

“Im so so sorry for your loss. I just saw this posted this evening. May the Lord bring you comfort and peace! ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Michelle Briggs Sheppard - MI

“Fran is such a lovely soul. I was privileged to witness her grace in life's difficult challenges.I feel most heartily that she will be received with ...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Nancy Hirsch - Broken Arrow, OK

“You will be missed I remember the last time I seen you the big hug you gave me. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Melissa Carbajal - Woodlawn, TN

“Fran was one of the best people I have ever knew. Had so many good times working with her. Prayers to the family. She will be missed. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Janice Wark - Coldwater, MI, MI


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Frances E. (Shackelford) Brouse, age 77, of Coldwater passed away Thursday evening, December 24, 2020 at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. She was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania on January 10, 1943, the daughter of Daniel E. and Betty A. (Bowers) Nail. Over the years. Frances worked as a bus driver for the Reading School District & owned Fran's Variety Store in Reading, MI and a restaurant in Montgomery, MI.

Frances was preceded in death by her two husbands, Edwin C. Shackelford in 2007 and Robert L. "Bob" Brouse in 2015. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her grandson, Patrick Shackelford; two brothers, Eddie Hudson and Joe Hirsch; and her friend & fiancée, Norman Pagels. Frances is survived by her children, Barry (Corazon) Shackelford of Battle Creek, Shelley (David) Duran of Bryan, Ohio, Chris Shackelford of Angola, Indiana, and Joseph (Julie) Shackelford of Jerome; 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and her sister and brothers, Betty (Fred) Bell, Bert Hudson, Danny (Lisa) Hirsch, David Nail and George (Kay) Hirsch.

A true matriarch and devout Christian, her faith and her family were everything to Frances. She truly loved to spend time with her children & grandchildren and enjoying family photos & memories on Facebook. Frances was also a very gifted musician and she loved to sing and play the guitar & organ. She also enjoyed flowers & gardening, cooking & baking cookies.

Due to Covid-19 & the current government regulations, cremation has taken place and a memorial gathering to celebrate Frances' life will be held at a later date when it is safe to gather again. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.