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Full Text of SR0949  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Frances Marie Cramer of Rantoul, who
4passed away on September 24, 2017; and
5    WHEREAS, Frances Cramer was born in Danville to George and
6Olive (Francis) Magers on November 9, 1920; she attended grade
7school in Westville and graduated from Georgetown High School
8in 1938; she earned her teaching certificate at Eastern
9Illinois State Teachers College; and
10    WHEREAS, Frances Cramer taught elementary school in
11Martinsville until she married Ernest F. "Bud" Cramer on
12December 31, 1941; and
13    WHEREAS, Frances Cramer loved reading and continuing her
14education; she completed a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern
15Illinois University and one from the University of Illinois in
16liberal arts and in Christian education; she supported the Art
17Institute of Chicago, the National Museum for Women in the
18Arts, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, and programming on
19public radio and TV; she regularly attended concerts in the
20area and rarely missed an event at the Krannert Center; she
21listened to opera on WILL every Saturday; and



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1    WHEREAS, In 1969, Frances Cramer was on the founding
2committee for the Clothing Center in Rantoul run by Church
3Women United; she served as its volunteer director for over 30
4years; and
5    WHEREAS, Frances Cramer was a longtime member of Rantoul
6First United Methodist Church, where she served as a Sunday
7school teacher, a delegate to the annual conference, and held
8local and district leadership positions in the Wesleyan Service
9Guild, Church Women United, and United Methodist Women; and
10    WHEREAS, Frances Cramer received several awards, including
11the Champaign County Friend of the Family Award in 1977, the
12Diana Award for Exceptional Service to Humanity in 1980, the
13Rantoul Citizen of the Year in 1995, and the Church Women
14United Valiant Woman Award in 2000; she received the
15Tolly-Cramer award in 2006 from the Methodist Federation for
16Social Action for lay persons engaged in social justice
17ministries; and
18    WHEREAS, Frances Cramer was preceded in death by her
19parents; her husband of 56 years, Ernest; her daughter, the
20Rev. Jean Cramer-Heuerman; her son-in-law, Jack
21Cramer-Heuerman; and her grandson, Stephen Brockway; and
22    WHEREAS, Frances Cramer is survived by her daughter, Mary



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1Jo (Lowell) Brockway; her grandson, John (Angela) Brockway; her
2great-granddaughters, Abigail Marie and Aliana Grace; her
3"adopted daughters", the Rev. Janet Eggleston and Kathy Finney;
4her special friend, Lavonne Smith; and numerous nieces, a
5nephew, and great- and great-great-nieces and nephews;
6therefore, be it
8ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
9Frances Marie Cramer, and extend our sincere condolences to her
10family, friends, and all who knew and loved her; and be it
12    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
13presented to the family of Frances Cramer as an expression of
14our deepest sympathy.