Frances B. Sleaford, 83, of Sheffield, died Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at Autumn Accolade Assisted Living Center, in Green Valley. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, in Sheffield. The Rev. Mark Miller will officiate. Burial will follow at Liberty Cemetery, in Atkinson. A visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson. Memorials may be directed to the Frances Sleaford Memorial Fund to be distributed among several local organizations.

Frances B. Sleaford, 83, of Sheffield, died Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at Autumn Accolade Assisted Living Center, in Green Valley. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, in Sheffield. The Rev. Mark Miller will officiate. Burial will follow at Liberty Cemetery, in Atkinson. A visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson. Memorials may be directed to the Frances Sleaford Memorial Fund to be distributed among several local organizations.

Frances was born June 26, 1935, in Kewanee, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Standaert) DeBlock. She graduated from Kewanee High School. Frances was united in marriage to Frank R. Sleaford on April 7, 1956, in Kewanee. Frank preceded her in death in 2011. She was employed as a teller at the National Bank of Sterling for more than 20 years. Frances later worked at Walmart in Princeton for 11 years. She was an active life-time member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. Frances loved spending time with her family and attending all of their activities.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Dan (Linda) Sleaford, of Manito; grandchildren, Andrea (Kevin) McCann and Ryan (Kendra) Calvert; great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Kaydence and Johnny; brother, Robert (Merrit) DeBlock, of Streator; sister, Dee Siemers, of Kewanee; and sister-in-law, Carol Pattison, of Oak Park. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary; her husband, Frank; and her sister, Donna Junis.