Frances "Fran" Marie Justison
Frances “Fran” Marie Justison (Jansen), 72, of Springfield, died on Sunday September 20, 2020 at 3:00 PM at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Frances was born January 25, 1948 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, to Edward and Frieda (Gand) Jansen. She married Thomas Justison on November 5, 1983.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers James and Joseph Jansen, whom she dearly loved and missed.
Fran is survived by her sisters-in-law, JoAnn Jansen and Nita Jansen; niece Teri Kerr (husband, Brian) and their children Brenna and Brandon; Nephews Joe Jansen (wife, Lee) and their children, Lauren and Kristen, Jason Jansen (wife Kristina) and their children Matthew, William and Katherine and Brian Jansen (wife Kari) and their children Jeannie and Maggie. Fran is also survived by brother-in-law David Justison (wife, Lana), and their children Jennifer, Keri, David and Patricia; sister-in-law Patricia Newberry (Justison), (husband, Tim) and their children Kate and Jane; and Fran’s long-time companion, Thomas Justison and her adopted son, Tommy F. Justison, along with many wonderful friends.
Fran graduated from Sacred Heart Griffin High School and earned a Home Economics B.S. from Illinois State University and an M.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She began her career working in her family’s business, Jansen’s Market, (presently the Dollar General) in Southern View. She would reminisce of the hard work and the ability to not only work closely with her beloved family, but also to serve such a wonderful community in which she lived most of her life.
During her career she served as a substitute teacher, 4-H Youth Specialist, and Home Economist in Montgomery & Sangamon Counties for over twenty years–teaching and helping others to not only see the potential in themselves, but also working to build healthy and successful family relationships. She then worked at the Montgomery County Health Department and for Illinois Valley, as a Prevention Specialist educating and counseling at-risk youth away from drugs and violence. The past twenty years, Frances worked at the Building Blocks Day Care as an Education Specialist, until her death. There she enthusiastically worked with toddlers and her co-workers stated that she was like “sunshine” when she walked in the room and always had a cheerful smile and kind words to say.
Fran loved to work on the family farm. She always was there to bring a lunch and drink and truly support & engage fully in any pursuit that made her loved ones happy.
She is remembered fondly and missed profoundly by her family as a quintessential example of a selfless woman dedicated to making every person she came into contact with feel loved, valued and important. She was fiercely loyal to her friends and family and could always be depended on as someone who would be there with a smile on her face to help you. She was eternally grateful to her parents for working their entire lives to provide for their family and she said many times her greatest honor to them was to live a life serving and providing for others. Whether known directly to Fran or not, she was the light in the life of so many people and her memory lives on in the countless lives she touched. Her life was fulfilled not by material goods, but rather by the love and time she could spend helping others. Her servant heart is an example not only for all of us to follow, but is also a validation of her life’s importance and her contribution in making the world and anyone in it who was fortunate to have known Fran a truly better place in which to live.
Visitation: 9:30 – 11:30 am Friday, September 25, 2020 at Staab Funeral Home – Springfield.
Funeral Service: 11:30 am, Friday, September 25, 2020 at Staab Funeral Home – Springfield, with Pastor Stefan Munker officiating.
Burial will follow at the family plot located within Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
CDC Protocol shall be followed.
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