Frances Catherine Cluckey, 79, passed away January 2, 2018 in Liberty, Mo., after a short illness, surrounded by loving family. “Chuck,” her husband of 60 years, was at her side, along with many of her children and grandchildren.
“Fran” was born March 24, 1938, in Cleveland, Ohio, the eldest daughter of the late Emily and Frank Penner. She graduated from Waite High School in Toledo, Ohio, and soon after married Charles Patrick Cluckey. Fran and Chuck grew up on the same city block in Toledo, and were the love of each other’s lives.
Though Fran worked as both a real estate agent and a cosmetologist after her children were mostly grown, she considered her family her most important work. Fran thrived on caring for her children, always embracing their friends and spouses . . . and literally anyone else who needed a mother’s hug or the helping hand of a friend.
Fran is survived by her husband; son, Chris and his wife, Suzanne; daughter, Cathy and her partner, Art; son Craig; daughter-in-law, Julie Hensley; son, Curtis and his wife, Dee; daughter, Colleen; and daughter, Tina Kirkpatrick. Fran had eight grandchildren, Cherryh, Christen, Trisha, Cole, Jeremy, Courtney, Cameron and Christian, and eight great-grandchildren, Eliott, Gabe, James, Julian, Lincoln, Lila, Noah and Corbin. Surviving sisters are Ellie Stevenson and Margie Tiell.
Fran was preceded in death by her son, Cary, daughter-in-law, Veronica and grandson, Michael.
Fran loved cheering for the Chiefs and Royals, watching movies, bargain shopping and playing the lottery and the slots, but what she loved most was her family.
The degree to which Fran’s life touched others is best summed up by a line of dialogue in one of her favorite movies, the “Wizard of Oz”: “A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.”
A visitation will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 13, 2018, with a cremation service following at 11 a.m., at Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, 208 S. Jefferson St., in Kearney, Mo.
Our Sincere Condolences
“Now I know I have a heart, because mine is broken.”
She always embodied this Wizard of Oz quote – “She is protected by the Power of Good, and this is greater than the Power of Evil.” I will miss her and the good she shared with us.
Dr. Michelle Davidson
Dearest Cluckey Family! We love you! We are here for you! We loved your Mother!!
Your Wife and Mother was an Angel among angels. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kevin & Katie Hawthorne
To meet her was to Love Her
Mort and Sharon Myers
Even though we have not known each other forever, Fran was one of my best friends. There must be so many who felt that also Loving, sharing, fun, – I will miss her and the lunches and time that we enjoyed together! May God give comfort to her family!
Diana and Tom Jones
As we all suffer the loss of Mrs. C please take a moment to realize how fortunate we are to have Mrs C in our lives and to celebrate the life of Mrs C. I consider myself very fortunate to have known Mrs C for forty years, Wow, What a gift! Mr C and family always in our thoughts and prayers.
Denise & Lar
Chuck and children – I was so sorry to hear about Fran’s passing. (I am the mother of Joey and Jeff Williams who lived across from you in Kearney). Even though it was many years ago I remember Fran was so full of life and really enjoyed knowing her.
Working with Frannie at the thrift store as a volunteer was such fun, as she made it fun. I will truly miss her laughter, her thoughtfulness, and her friendship. She was a sweetheart!
Dee Dee Hodges