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Frances Jane Bean

Frances Bean On Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Frances Jane Bean passed away peacefully at home following a courageous battle with cancer. Fran was born in Kalamazoo Mi on May 18, 1962 as the youngest of 5 children. A few years after high school, Fran set her mind on becoming a teacher and soon after graduated from Western Michigan University. Fran taught 2nd Grade for 18 years in the Gull Lake School District. For many years Fran provided education and excitement to the entire elementary school with her “Caterpillar to Butterfly” live exhibits. Fran was very talented in Photography and was the official family photographer, often creating collage pictures to share with family members. For many years Fran was the primary contact for her Mother living at Friendship Village, working with the nurses and taking her Mother to most of her doctor appointments, to restaurants, and of course shopping. Fran had special relationships with many of her nieces and nephews and will be remembered by them as the “fun Aunt” who organized special games for the kids at family gatherings. Fran has been a strong promoter of the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk for many years by encouraging participation of friends and family. Fran met the love of her life, Michael and they have spent the last 37 years sharing many adventures and travels together. Fran and Mike shared a love for nature and animals at their rural home in Delton Mi. Their dogs and cats were considered “part of the family” and treated as such. Fran will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Wm. Michael Bean as well as her siblings David (Marilyn) Burgie, Virginia Barber, Richard (Jackie) Burgie, Don (Jackie) Burgie, and many nieces and nephews. Fran was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Agnes Burgie of Kalamazoo Mi. While visiting Fran’s webpage at www.mccowensecord.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. The family is being assisted by the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home; Marshall & Gren Chapel, 120 S. Woodhams St. Plainwell, MI 49080 (269-685-5881). In accordance with Fran’s wishes there will be no Funeral or Memorial service.

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Mrs. Bean was my second grade teacher a whopping 11 years ago. I'm 18 now. She was such a great woman and had a sense of humor as well as kindness that she constantly shared with the class. She will be missed❤️

Brianna Jan 10 2022 2:31 PM

The sunrise and sunset pictures for Fran (posted after numerous attempts).

Richard B Nov 11 2020 2:46 PM

Im very sorry to hear this. I shared students with Fran at Kellogg and she was always so supportive and a #1 cheerleader for her kids. She loved her animals, too. Peace and comfort to Mike and family. Angie Bell

Angie Bell Nov 9 2020 8:09 PM

I worked at Kellogg Elementary with Fran. She had a warm heart with all her students and co workers. RIP my friend. Diana Nowakowski

Diana Nowakowski Nov 7 2020 2:43 PM

I will always miss your friendship, creativity, and sense of humor. May the perpetual light shine upon you and may you rest in peace. Godspeed Fran. "Your adoptive sister" -- Marcia

Marcia Fitzsimmons Nov 5 2020 12:19 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Frances Bean

Susan Bean-Ives Nov 5 2020 9:54 AM

I remember the time we went camping with Mike And Fran Rachel was almost 2 and was trying to talk and she kept saying the same word over and over and Fran taught her the word up and that was the word for the weekend. We had lots of fun riding quads and hanging out as friends. Going to miss you Fran. Love You Mike Bean . Jodi Devries

jodi devries Nov 5 2020 8:50 AM

More pictures of Frans life as a teacher, her family, friends, pets, and a Mackinaw sunrise and Maui sunset for her.

Richard Burgie Nov 5 2020 8:26 AM

Fran always helped the family with pictures and displays at the funeral home. Ive tried to find pictures of her with family and friends, and as a teacher, that we can post. I hope these help everyone with memories of her. They show a lot we all loved about her life. Ill miss my little sister a lot. If your here reading this, I know you will also. We appreciate all the family and friends that called, visited, helped in many ways, and cared for Fran. Thank you Mike for being there, for so long, loving her and taking such good care of Fran through difficult health issues, youre our hero.

Richard Burgie Nov 5 2020 8:08 AM

My sympathy to your family. I only knew Fran for a few years at Richland Elem. but always enjoyed working with her. She was the biggest advocate for her students. She will be missed.

Pam Knight Nov 4 2020 10:21 PM

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