Frances Runnells

Frances Runnells

Saturday, August 18th, 1923 Sunday, August 9th, 2020

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Obituary for Frances M Runnells

Frances M. Runnells, formerly of Ottumwa Iowa, passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at home in Lancaster, California at the age of 96. Frances was born in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Ottumwa on August 18, 1923 to Anna T. Sheridan Herber and Nicholas W. Herber. After graduation from junior college she worked at John Morrell and Company testing for bacteria in the pigs, then worked in the office at the Ottumwa Mercantile, both jobs that she loved. She married W. Leo Runnells on October 30, 1948 at St. Mary’s Church in Ottumwa. She worked with Leo at the Card and Camera Shop for several years. Leo predeceased her on June 21, 2007.
When they were growing up, Frances and her siblings loved visiting their aunt and uncle’s farm in Creston during the summer. They would spend weeks there each summer. Frances loved collecting, and over the years she would collect an item then sell and start the next collection. Some of the collections include dolls from other countries, coins, Hummels, Chatty Cathy dolls, and purses, lots of purses, and taking pictures and making beautiful picture albums. She also loved talking to friends and family on the phone for hours at a time.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mariann and Randy Berg of Cedar Falls, Iowa, her grandson, Patrick Runnells, her granddaughter and her husband, Stacy and James McCaslin, her great-grandchildren, Luc, Jayce, and Presley McCaslin all of Lancaster, California, and her daughter-in law and her husband, Carla and Carl Ingram of Charlotte, NC, her sister-in-law Jean Herber of Laguna Hills, California, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Her son, Michael J. Runnells predeceased her on November 24, 2006, as well as her siblings and their spouses: Joseph (Pauline) Herber, Mary Anne (Leo) Pirrone, and Bernard Herber.
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at St. Mary’s 1600 E. Ave. R-4, Palmdale, CA at 10:00 a.m. This will be an outdoor service. Halley-Olsen-Murphy is handling the funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anne De Beaupre, Alden Hospice, or a charity of your choosing. Please send to Mariann Berg, 2321 Grand Blvd., Cedar Falls, IA 50613.

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  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 | 10:00am
    St Mary's Catholic Church
    1600 E Ave R-4
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    Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
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    Father Vaughn Winter
  • Interment

    Calvary Cemetery
    1000 E. Pennsylvania Avenue
    Ottumwa, Iowa
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So many good memories with Aunt Frances! Seeing her, Uncle Leo, Mariann and Mike on summer road trips to Iowa. She and Aunt Mary Anne were my “California Moms” when I moved here for college, got married and started my family here. Countless holidays and celebrations together through the years. Always a smile and a loving presence for me and my family. I already miss our Sunday chats.
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Phillip Van Cleave

Frances was a big part of my high school years. As a friend of son Mike, I was at the house a lot. I used to sit with her in the kitchen and chat. She was such a wonderful, thoughtful person.
Rest in peace, Frances.
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Mariann and Randy....sending our love and prayers to you and all of your family during this time.
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The Ingrams, The McCaslins and Patrick Runnells

For a beautiful person. Will miss Frances greatly. Glad she was in our lives. Love and prayers from The Ingrams, The McCaslins and Patrick Runnells
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