Frances Burgess, 74, died peacefully Thursday, September 27, 2018, after a long illness with her family by her side. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 2, at St. Boniface Church in Waukee, with burial following at Morrisburg Cemetery north of Stuart.
Frances was born October 16, 1943, in Lynn, Massachusetts to Marie Virginia (Irvine) and James Vincent Camuso, one of seven daughters. She was employed at the Dallas County Care Facility in Adel for over thirty years and touched many lives through her selfless service and devotion to the residents. In her spare time, she enjoyed all things crafty – including crocheting, quilting and doll-making. Unbeknownst to many, she had quite a fun competitive side. Frances loved entering the quilting competition at the Iowa State Fair every year, playing bingo at All Saints Church in Stuart or at the Guthrie, Adair or Dallas County fairs, and hustling her daughters and family for money during a fierce game of rummy or left, right, and center.
Frances’ greatest joy was her family. She was married to her husband, Larry, for 56 loving years and through that union, raised two daughters, Kelley and Kristen. She was immensely proud of her daughters and enjoyed celebrating their personal and professional achievements. But nothing made Frances smile bigger than becoming Nana to her three grandchildren - Gabriel, Grace and Gwynn. She beamed brightly when they would enter the room, and loved showering them with hugs and kisses. Her favorite things with her grandchildren included watching Gabriel play the piano, hearing Grace read a story and sharing a snuggle with Gwynn. She will be watching over them.
Frances is survived by her loving husband, Larry; two daughters, Kelley (Kyle) Hess of Waukee and Kristen Burgess of London, England; three grandchildren, Gabriel, Grace, and Gwynn; four sisters, Marilyn Mills, Donna D’Eon, Jaclyn Sloden and Marie Bowden all of Lynn, Massachusetts; two great aunts, June Spear of Hamilton, Massachusetts and Marilyn Sweeney of Ames-bury, Massachusetts; 31 nieces and nephews and several great nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Lillian Hefler and Roberta Dickinson.
Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.