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Sanford, Frances Platt
Frances Platt Sanford, 90, of Gilson, Ill., died at 5:07 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at her home.

She was born September 11, 1920 in rural Maquon, Ill., the daughter of Walter Bayard and Ruth Rhea Harbison Platt. She married Max Evertt Sanford on October 9, 1943 in Maquon. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by two daughters, Jennifer (and Arvil) Bass of Peoria, Ill. and Karen (and Gary) Van Hise of Williamsville, Ill.; two daughters-in-law, Teresa (and the late Craig) Sanford of Abingdon, Ill. and Rhonda (and Steve) Murmann of Monmouth, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; a brother, Walter B. (and Mildred) Platt of Maquon; two sisters, Ruth Ann (and Harold) Flinn of Maquon and Ebi (and Frank) Wandell of Elgin, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, James Craig Sanford and Nicholas Kirk Sanford; and a brother, Paul Platt.

Frances was a teacher in Fulton and Knox counties for 21 years, retiring in 1976. During World War II, she lived in Chicago, where she worked for CC & H and was responsible for editing the book "Rationing". She later worked for the United States Savings and Loan in Chicago, where she was editor of their publications and monthly magazines. She graduated from Maquon High School in 1936 and MacMurray College in 1940.

She was a member of Central Congregational Church in Galesburg and its Sarah and Martha Circles. Frances was also a member of MI, Good Cheer Club, Knox County Historical Sights, Maquon Library Board, and Knox County Home Extension Board. She served as district director of the Knox County Soil and Water Conservation Board. Frances also co-authored "Knoxville Through Five Generations" and "Knoxville The Next Generation."

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011 in Central Congregational Church. Rev. James Ecklund and Rev. Thomas Heather will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Burial will be in Haynes Cemetery, Delong, Ill. Memorials may be made to Central Congregational Church, Scholarship Fund for Conservation Camp, or to Ms. Aggie/Ag in the Classroom. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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