After a long and full life, Frances Drouhard Tihen, 95, joined her loving husband, Joseph, and youngest son, John Henry, in heaven Oct. 19, 2013. Born in the midst of World War I on Nov. 3, 1917, in Danville, Kan., Frances lived through the Great Depression, Dust Bowl and World War II. Those experiences, along with her unfaltering faith, shaped the person she became. She saw the advent of electric lights and in recent years treasured her IPad. She saw the early airplanes and later circled the globe. She always said Lindbergh's flight rocked the world more than did man landing on the moon.
In high school, she was active in drama and theater and was an avid member of the 4-H Club. She won first prize for extemporaneous speaking at the Kansas State Fair, a skill she would possess her entire life. She attended Sacred Heart College and taught in a one-room schoolhouse.
She married her high school sweetheart, Joseph, in 1940, and set career aside to raise her seven children. She was very involved in her children's activities, community and civic organizations. When Joseph was offered a teaching position at Notre Dame, the family moved to South Bend, Ind. Her active involvement in the Ladies of Notre Dame resulted in having the rules changed so women could use the Notre Dame golf course. She loved golf and played into her 90s.
Frances Drouhard Tihen
While working at Baker Manufacturing, Mrs. Tihen conceived a process by which recycled tires were used to make Cushion Turf, making playgrounds safer for children.
She loved traveling the world with her beloved Joseph. In 1990 she and Joe retired and made Seven Lakes Community in Fort Myers their home.
She is survived by her children, JoAnn Trupo, Lawrence (Deborah) Tihen, Duane Tihen, Claudia Madigan, Martha (John) Cook and Marilee (David) Tihen-Sarchet; grandchildren Lucy, Salvatore, Joseph and John Alan Trupo, Amber Kling, Jennifer Madigan-Rinard, Keith Madigan, Amanda Manfinejad and Marilee Hochstein; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Church of the Resurrection, Fort Myers, Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 10:30 a.m. A reception will be held at noon in the Seven Lakes Activity Center. Arrangements are being made by Lee Memorial Park with interment planned at a later date in the family plot in Harper, Kan.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Children's Hospital or Hope Hospice.