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Frances Charlene (Barnes) Fullhart-Spidel

July 24, 1929 – December 4, 2018


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Frances Charlene (Barnes) Fullhart-Spidel passed away December 4, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona

Frances was born 24 July, 1929 in Columbus, Cherokee Co. Kansas. She was 3 yrs. old when the family moved to Weir, Kansas and 6yrs old when they moved back to Columbus. She attended grade school at Central and graduated high school at Cherokee County Community High School in 1946 after 3 yrs. of attendance. During high school, she worked for Pearl K. Jeffery in real estate, abstract and insurance office then after that for DR. R.A. Wright, dentist.

Frances married Raymond Dale Fullhart 02 July, 1949 in Bentonville, Benton Co. Arkansas by Rev. Alfred Allen Eason, Methodist minister. After their marriage, the couple made their home in Oswego, Labette Co. Kansas. Frances was employed by the Deming Investment Company for 7 years. One issue, a son, was born 10 June 1957, Randal David Fullhart. This marriage ended in divorce 11 October, 1965. From 1963 to 1966 she was employed as a bookkeeper by the Huntsman, RV mfg.

Frances subsequently married Dennis Lee Spidel on 1 October, 1966 in Oswego. Service was by Rev. Phonce L. Mitchell in Oswego Methodist Church. Frances, Denny and Randy moved to Atlanta, Indiana at this time. 1967 to 1971 Charlene was a Jr. Choir Director and PTO President for Atlanta School. The couple resided in Indiana for 10 yrs. before relocating to Mesa, Arizona in 1976. Five of those years she was employed by the Farmers Loan and Trust Bank and in Arizona she was employed by Clinic of Physicians and Surgeons for 11 yrs. She was later an office manager for a pediatrician for 2 yrs. Lastly, she was self-employed as an Arizona Medical Transcriptionist until her retirement.

Frances was baptized by Rev. E.S. Hughes, Pastor on 12 May, 1940 in the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Columbus, Cherokee Co. Kansas. She was accepted by the DAR under National Number 744218 in 1991. From this time on, her greatest interest was in genealogical research.

Preceding her in death, besides her parents, Rufus Edward Barnes and Marjorie L. Martin, were two brothers, Rufus Edward Barnes Jr. and Lee Otis Barnes. Surviving is husband, Dennis Lee Spidel, son, Randal D. Fullhart and his wife, Kathy and grandson, Stephen J. Fullhart. In Texas, two nephews, Roger (Debi) and Edward (Elaine) Barnes and one niece, Linda L. (Wayne) Heckman and sister-in-law, V. Jean Barnes.

A visitation for Frances will be held Monday, December 10, 2018 from 6-8:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery Chapel. A Funeral service and mausoleum entombment will be held the following day, December 11, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, Arizona 85207.

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  1. Denny & Randy,
    I was blessed to know Frances through the DAR. She was an inspiration to me and also a dear friend. I will never forget her kindness to me and her determined spirit. She was a very special lady.
    Keeping you all in prayer
    Tammy Kronenberg

  2. Dallas Boyer says:

    Fran was such an important friend and fellow DAR member in our Saguaro Chapter. I will miss her smiling face. RIP, sweet Fran.

  3. Jan Dickey says:

    Dear Dennis and Randal,
    Fran was a wonder at helping with my paperwork for D.A.R. Her knowledge and connections were amazing. I will miss her very much.

    With my deepest sympathy,
    [email protected] Dickey

  4. Tamra Dereemer says:

    I am greatly saddened upon hearing the news of Frances passing. She was an amazing woman and I will never forget her kindness and willingness to help me with all of my DAR paperwork. I am so grateful for having the opportunity to have known her. My thoughts and prayers go out to Denny, Randy and the rest of her family. She will never be forgotten!

  5. steve feldkamp says:

    my heart goes out to you Denny and your family in your time of sorrow.
    Fran will be missed by those who knew her and enjoyed her presence.
    my prayers for you and yours at this time.
    Steve Feldkamp

  6. Vergie McDavid says:

    Dear Dennis and Randal,
    I just loved Fran. She was so patient with all my questions and dug deep for the answers. She researched my family for DAR and I had hoped she could help with my daughters but we didn’t get the information in time. We had a program about the ladies of the Revolutionary War just last March. I was concerned she couldn’t participate. Not only did she participate but she had her research on Molly Pitcher (controversial because several women claimed that name) months ahead of time. She went to the national archives and found the official information. That was just her. I am so happy to have known her. She is unforgettable.

  7. Sam Moloch says:

    Denny & Randy, Was sorry to here about the loss of your loved one and thanks Denny for calling me. I know it wasn’t easy to do as I went through the same experience with your sister. When I think of our visits over the years it bring a smile in my heart. Frances was loved by so many and I know she will be greatly missed but, as you stated Denny; God has a new angel.. Just know that your extended family here in Indiana are with you both in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.

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Frances Charlene (Barnes) Fullhart-Spidel

July 24, 1929 – December 4, 2018


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Frances Charlene (Barnes) Fullhart-Spidel passed away December 4, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona

Frances was born 24 July, 1929 in Columbus, Cherokee Co. Kansas. She was 3 yrs. old when the family moved to Weir, Kansas and 6yrs old when they moved back to Columbus. She attended grade school at Central and graduated high school at Cherokee County Community High School in 1946 after 3 yrs. of attendance. During high school, she worked for Pearl K. Jeffery in real estate, abstract and insurance office then after that for DR. R.A. Wright, dentist.

Frances married Raymond Dale Fullhart 02 July, 1949 in Bentonville, Benton Co. Arkansas by Rev. Alfred Allen Eason, Methodist minister. After their marriage, the couple made their home in Oswego, Labette Co. Kansas. Frances was employed by the Deming Investment Company for 7 years. One issue, a son, was born 10 June 1957, Randal David Fullhart. This marriage ended in divorce 11 October, 1965. From 1963 to 1966 she was employed as a bookkeeper by the Huntsman, RV mfg.

Frances subsequently married Dennis Lee Spidel on 1 October, 1966 in Oswego. Service was by Rev. Phonce L. Mitchell in Oswego Methodist Church. Frances, Denny and Randy moved to Atlanta, Indiana at this time. 1967 to 1971 Charlene was a Jr. Choir Director and PTO President for Atlanta School. The couple resided in Indiana for 10 yrs. before relocating to Mesa, Arizona in 1976. Five of those years she was employed by the Farmers Loan and Trust Bank and in Arizona she was employed by Clinic of Physicians and Surgeons for 11 yrs. She was later an office manager for a pediatrician for 2 yrs. Lastly, she was self-employed as an Arizona Medical Transcriptionist until her retirement.

Frances was baptized by Rev. E.S. Hughes, Pastor on 12 May, 1940 in the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Columbus, Cherokee Co. Kansas. She was accepted by the DAR under National Number 744218 in 1991. From this time on, her greatest interest was in genealogical research.

Preceding her in death, besides her parents, Rufus Edward Barnes and Marjorie L. Martin, were two brothers, Rufus Edward Barnes Jr. and Lee Otis Barnes. Surviving is husband, Dennis Lee Spidel, son, Randal D. Fullhart and his wife, Kathy and grandson, Stephen J. Fullhart. In Texas, two nephews, Roger (Debi) and Edward (Elaine) Barnes and one niece, Linda L. (Wayne) Heckman and sister-in-law, V. Jean Barnes.

A visitation for Frances will be held Monday, December 10, 2018 from 6-8:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery Chapel. A Funeral service and mausoleum entombment will be held the following day, December 11, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, Arizona 85207.

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7 responses to “Frances Charlene (Barnes) Fullhart-Spidel”

  1. Denny & Randy,
    I was blessed to know Frances through the DAR. She was an inspiration to me and also a dear friend. I will never forget her kindness to me and her determined spirit. She was a very special lady.
    Keeping you all in prayer
    Tammy Kronenberg

  2. Dallas Boyer says:

    Fran was such an important friend and fellow DAR member in our Saguaro Chapter. I will miss her smiling face. RIP, sweet Fran.

  3. Jan Dickey says:

    Dear Dennis and Randal,
    Fran was a wonder at helping with my paperwork for D.A.R. Her knowledge and connections were amazing. I will miss her very much.

    With my deepest sympathy,
    [email protected] Dickey

  4. Tamra Dereemer says:

    I am greatly saddened upon hearing the news of Frances passing. She was an amazing woman and I will never forget her kindness and willingness to help me with all of my DAR paperwork. I am so grateful for having the opportunity to have known her. My thoughts and prayers go out to Denny, Randy and the rest of her family. She will never be forgotten!

  5. steve feldkamp says:

    my heart goes out to you Denny and your family in your time of sorrow.
    Fran will be missed by those who knew her and enjoyed her presence.
    my prayers for you and yours at this time.
    Steve Feldkamp

  6. Vergie McDavid says:

    Dear Dennis and Randal,
    I just loved Fran. She was so patient with all my questions and dug deep for the answers. She researched my family for DAR and I had hoped she could help with my daughters but we didn’t get the information in time. We had a program about the ladies of the Revolutionary War just last March. I was concerned she couldn’t participate. Not only did she participate but she had her research on Molly Pitcher (controversial because several women claimed that name) months ahead of time. She went to the national archives and found the official information. That was just her. I am so happy to have known her. She is unforgettable.

  7. Sam Moloch says:

    Denny & Randy, Was sorry to here about the loss of your loved one and thanks Denny for calling me. I know it wasn’t easy to do as I went through the same experience with your sister. When I think of our visits over the years it bring a smile in my heart. Frances was loved by so many and I know she will be greatly missed but, as you stated Denny; God has a new angel.. Just know that your extended family here in Indiana are with you both in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.

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