Frances Louise Thoms

OBIT ISL-ThomsSOUTHWEST HARBOR and CLEVELAND, OHIO — Frances Louise Thoms, born in Lima, Ohio, Feb. 27, 1932, died in Cleveland, Ohio, May 31, 2015.

Frances Thoms resided in Southwest Harbor for 20 years from 1992 to 2012. She set up a crafts shop called The Studio attached to the 1935 Cape on Clark Point Road which she shared with her sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Michael Charry. The house had been built by the noted photographer, Willis Ballard.

Frances was the beloved mother of Ericka Thoms (Carsten Boesmann) and David Hoard, devoted grandmother of Taylor and step-grandmother of Molly; dear sister of Jane Charry (Michael) and Dona Palumbo (Anthony), and a much loved aunt and great-aunt to her nieces and nephews. Known as Fran to friends and family, Frances shared her love of people with everyone she knew. She worked for a just and kind world and lived those values every day. Her great joy late in life was being reunited with her son David and meeting her granddaughter Taylor. She will be remembered for her generous and loving spirit.

A graduate of the Shauffler School of Social Work, now at Denison College, Frances earned a Master of Social Work at Indiana University School of Social Work at Indianapolis. She taught social work at Cleveland State University and at John Carroll University in Cleveland. She held a number of positions in social work for private and civic organizations, the last of which before she took early retirement was as director of social work at Sunny Acres in Cleveland from 1984 to 1992.

Frances was noted for her rolled-paper creations and was a founding member of Flying Mountain Artisans in 2002. She was active in the community and served on the Clinic Committee of the Southwest Harbor Medical Center. In 2012, she moved back to Cleveland to the assisted living facility Saint Augustine Towers, where she was near her daughter, Ericka, and was delighted to attend Ericka’s and Carsten’s wedding in May 2014.


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