Mary Frances “Fran” Jacobs, 96 years of age, passed away and is home with the Lord on March 29, 2024. She was a resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado for 40 years and was formerly a resident of Arlington Heights, Illinois. She was a fashion illustrator, oil painter, wife, and mother.

Fran was born on August 2, 1927, to Lawrence White and Frances (Frischman) White in Chicago, Illinois. Fran married Robert Walter Jacobs at St. Mary’s Church of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, on November 21, 1951.

Fran was fond of oil painting and interior design. She also enjoyed traveling the USA, and had an appreciation for golf, the symphony, and her friends and family. She was a member of the Catholic Soldier’s Chapel at Fort Carson where she served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years.

She is survived by her children: Suzanne Jacobs Schultek of Lenoir, North Carolina, and Richard M. Jacobs of Lenoir, North Carolina. She has three grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Jacobs; and youngest son, Robert S. Jacobs.

A short memorial service will be held at the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80910, on April 15, 2024, at 3:00 pm by Rev. Richard M. Jacobs, OSA.

Inurnment will follow in the Columbarium of Forgiveness.

Memorials in Fran’s name can be made in lieu of flowers to Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine to support their center for Chronic Disorders of Aging.
Make checks payable to “PCOM Foundation” and note, “Dr Balin’s Alzheimer’s Pathobiome Research in honor of Fran Jacobs”.

Mail to:
PCOM Institutional Advancement
c/o Connie Ennis
4180 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

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This Obituary Has 13 Condolences

  1. Miss you so much!

  2. A lovely woman in every sense. Condolences and promise of prayers.

  3. Aunt Fran,
    You were such a wonderful person. We all enjoyed visiting you and Uncle Bob during our travels out west. My girls have such great memories of our visit to your home. May you RIP, with our Lord and all your loved ones who went before you. Sending hugs and prayers to both of you, Suzi and Rich. Your mom was such a sweetheart, and we’ll never forget her. Love to both of you.

  4. Ma your lovely and vibrant spirit will be missed but always in my heart. I’ll never forget our visits and adventures as a child then also as an adult. I am glad you’re at peace. Know you are loved and your memory will always be with me especially every time I look at a piece of your amazing artwork. I love you.
    Your grandson,

  5. Mama Franny, you were a huge blessing in my life and more than a friend! You were a gift and I sure loved you. You once told me, you were not afraid to go to Heaven when the day came because you knew who your Father was and you were not going home to a stranger! Welcome Home! And thank you Suzi, for sharing her with me and always keeping me informed about her health issues and more. I appreciated it. Condolences and heartfelt prayers to all the family. She will be missed.

  6. Ms. Fran-
    You were such a kind and fun friend in our little Red Rock Valley. I have fond memories of you (and Bob) stopping by my place, just to say “Hi” on your daily walks. I cherish your beautiful artwork that hangs in home. It gives me such joy knowing you were the artist!
    Condolences to the family.

  7. Ma, I will always remember your spunk. You were witty, artistic, and very active. I am so glad you are free of all limitations now in heaven. Enjoy and watch over us all!

  8. Ma- Thank you always for creating such adventures for us grandkids when we would visit you in Colorado. You always made things exciting and we felt like we were exploring. Whether it was hiking, finding new rocks and gems, riding the old western horse wagon on your property, or your days being our first golf teacher (bless the folks at the driving range that day!!).
    Your artwork is inspiring and all of us kids love having various pieces.
    God bless. Your Grandson, Brenden

  9. Ma, thank you for raising people that I love dearly. as you look down upon all of us know we keep your memory alive and are so grateful. We pray especially for our beloved “Grammi” and “Uncle Rich” as all of us grieve your loss.

  10. My mother, I honor you this day of your Memorial! You were my mom for 71 years! How can I not miss you? You touched so many lives in your journey and leave behind a beautiful legacy that I will love and protect until we are together again. I know where you are and know you now are truly FREE! Make heaven laugh! I love you!

  11. Ma,

    My earliest memories always center on how you made me feel when I would come over to your home to court your daughter – Suzi. I’d ride my bike and park it in the driveway, knock on the screen door, and you’d welcome me in. We’d sit at the kitchen table just talking about anything….exposing me to everything from eating liver for dinner was good, your behind the scenes summaries of escapades of the family, and things I was interested in. There’s no better gift you can give someone than your time, and you gave that to me. And for that I have been forever grateful.
    I can imagine your easel up right now as you paint some incredible pictures of Heaven’s spectacular glory !

  12. A great person, great friend and mentor, I met Fran in 1979, as I joined the Military Council if Catholic Women, FT Carson, at a time I needed a friend, I was a new military wife, new to it all, she as well as all the other ladies helped me through the new life of a military spouse, I’ve treasured our talks, and advise, thanks for being a good friend, I’ll treasure all our times and laughter together, rest in peace my friend. My condolences to all your family.
    Carmen Ayala
    MCCW “Vintage” Group

  13. Susan,

    I was unaware of your Mom’s passing until just last week. I was in North Carolina visiting family. Fran was so special to me. We became very close all the years I picked her up on Sunday and took her to the Fort Carson Chapel for Mass. Two things that always infatuated her were the shapes of the clouds in the blue Colorado sky and the prairie dog colonies alongside the road. She was a wonderful woman and I was blessed to have known her. She will be deeply missed by many members of the Fort Carson Catholic Community.

    Tom Kolle
    Colorado Springs

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