Frances G. Bonebrake was born on May 6, 1924, in Knoxville, Iowa. Her parents were Clyde and Eva (Spencer) Bonebrake. She passed away June 9, 2021, at her home, at the age of 97 years. She was the baby of the family with two older sisters and one older brother. Frances’s father died when she was two years old and Eva raised the kids on her own.
Frances was married to Loren Mizer on December 24, 1940, in Knoxville, Iowa. Four children were born to this union; Sharon Kay, Chester Carl, Judy Ann, and Tamie Lorene.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Birch Tree, Missouri. She attended church until health problems made it difficult to leave her home.
She was also very active in the American Legion Auxiliary and served as president for many years. She and her daughters, Sharon and Judy, placed the flags on the veterans’ graves each year. She also volunteered at Birch Tree nursing home for years with Judy, running the Bingo games and different activities for the residents.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Loren; daughter, Sharon Nicholson; sisters, Doris Spaulding, and Annabelle Kirkman; and brother, Chester Bonebrake.
Frances is survived by her son, Chet Mizer, Mtn. View, MO; daughters, Judy Barnes (Jack), Birch Tree, MO and Tamie Coontz (Paul) Abbeville, LA; thirteen grandkids, twenty-five great-grandkids, forty-nine great-great grandkids, and two great-great-great grands. 
“Mom raised us kids while Dad made the living. He was gone a lot and there was no doubt, who was the boss while he was away. He would call home almost every night, and if you were the one to answer the phone, you were the one in trouble. Dad could straighten you out, talking as good as Mom could, with a switch.”
Frances was a diehard Cubs fan and although Johnny Ray Pulliam was a Cardinals fan, she had found it in her heart to allow him to mow her yard for the past ten years.
Frances answered to many names, Mother, Mom, Grandma Mizer, Granny, and Aunt Frances. But all of the kids and grandkids knew, if you called her Granny Franny, you would get that look and be told she could take you to the bathroom. Her sense of humor was with her till the very last. She told us all that she was tired, content, and ready to go Home.
We will miss her, but after a long hard, tiresome, and sometimes humorous fight, it was time for us to let her go.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 12 at First Baptist Church, Birch Tree, Missouri with Bro. John Smith officiating, under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 6-8:00 p.m., at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. Interment in Montier Cemetery in Montier, Missouri. Condolences may be expressed at

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