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Frances L. Mangus

Frances L. Mangus died Thurs-day, Nov. 21, 2019.

Frances was born Aug. 3, 1947 to Marion W. and Myrtle M. Griffith Gillum in Louisiana. They preceded her in death.

Fran, as she was known to many, graduated from Bowling Green High School with the class of 1965. After graduation she attended Hannibal Public School of Practical Nursing.

In 1968, she moved to Texas and in 1969 Fran joined the United States Army. After her discharge in 1970, she returned to Bowling Green and worked for several years.

In 1973, Fran joined the United States Air Force. She was honorably discharged in 1982.

While stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, Fran met and married Larry E. Mangus on Feb. 22, 1974 in Belleville, Ill. They later divorced.

After her discharge and the retirement of her husband, they moved to Walkerton, Ind. While living there, Fran attended Indiana Vocational Technical College in South Bend, Ind., following which she was em-ployed with the IRS.

She was later employed by General Telephone and Electric in La-Porte, Ind., and transferred to GTE in Wentzville.

While working in Wentzville, Fran married Robert A. Paul, Jr. of LaPorte, Ind., in Bowling Green on Sept. 27, 1996.

She resigned from GTE in 1998 to join her husband in Indiana. They eventually returned to Walkerton, Ind., in 1999.

Larry preceded her in death in 2009 and Bob preceded her in 2013. Her sisters also preceded her in death; Marian M. Sharp of Texas City, Texas in 1992 and Nancy E. Edwards of Bowling Green in 2008.

Fran is survived by a son, Scott Mangus and wife, Alana of Indiana; four step-sons, David Paul and wife, Lisa of Louisville, Ky., Christopher Paul and wife, Susan of Carmel, Ind., Robert A. Paul III of Henderson, Nev., and Michael Paul and wife, Tammy of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; along with 12 step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Fran was a life member of American Legion Post #400, American Legion Auxiliary Unit #400 in Fish Lake, Ind., life member of VFW Post #1954 in North Liberty, Ind., life member of DAV Post #23 in Michigan City, Ind., life member of AMVets Post #911 of Rolling Prairie, Ind., and DAR in Bowling Green.

Per her wishes, there were no visitation or services. Fran’s burial was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.
Pallbearers were Chris Tophinke, Mike Lewis, Rick Edmond, and Matt Myers.

Arrangements were handled by Bibb-Veach Funeral Home.

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