Frances Ann (Burke) Hendricks, 88, peacefully passed from this world to her heavenly home on January 13, 2019, while in Sarasota, Florida.
A mass of Christian burial was held at St. Therese Church in Sioux Falls on Monday January 21, 2019, at 10:30 am. Burial was in the St Martin’s Cemetery in Huron, on Tuesday, January 22nd at 10:30 am.
Memorials may be sent to St. Martin’s Cemetery Board, 425 21st St SW, Huron, SD 57350.
Frances (Fran) was born in Riceville, Iowa, on March 20, 1930, as the youngest of four children to Joseph Raymond and Mayme E. (Tiernan) Burke. She graduated from Riceville High School in 1948 and went on to graduate with a degree in home economics from Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa.
She was united in marriage with James (Jim) Hendricks on October 31, 1953, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Riceville. She began her teaching career in Iowa, where she and Jim started their family, with the birth of Tom, Mark and Anne. They moved to Yankton, South Dakota, in 1960, where the family grew with the addition of Jane, Joan and Mary.
The entrepreneurial spirit sparked in Fran as an Iowa teenager who had her own popcorn stand blossomed in Yankton as she opened Fran’s Fabric Shop, which she owned and operated for 12 years. As a skilled seamstress, she often made clothing for their six children. While they enjoyed their mom’s creations, the children also looked forward to Christmas when they would also get some “store bought clothes.” As Jim’s banking career took them to the South Dakota communities of Vermillion, Alcester and Huron, Fran’s own career included earning her real estate license, managing a cable TV office and selling radio advertising. In 1984, a year after settling in Huron, she established Huron Hospitality, where she managed to welcome just about every newcomer to the Huron area over the next 26 years.
Her love of life and bubbly Irish personality touched the lives of everyone whose path she crossed. She was a true ambassador for each community where she lived, sharing her time and talents with organizations including the Jaycees, General Federated Women’s Club, PEO, community chambers of commerce, and United Way, just to name a few. For many years, Fran served as the director of the Women’s Building and the state Republican Building at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.
She received the 1987 Huron YWCA Christian Leadership Award, was named the 1995 South Dakota Mother of the Year, received the 2002 Distinguished Civic Service Award from the Huron Chamber of Commerce and was appointed by Governor Mike Rounds to the South Dakota Advisory Council on Aging.
Fran was deeply committed to her Catholic faith, and she lived a life of service to the church starting at age 12 when she began to play the organ – a music ministry that spanned nearly seven decades. The love of her faith continues to be an example for her family. Her devotion to service and hospitality will not be forgotten. As her favorite bible passage says, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Hebrews 13:2)
For the past 30 years, Fran made Sarasota, Florida, her January home. She became part of that community and looked forward to catching up with family and friends who would come to visit her there. She passed away peacefully just as the Florida sun was rising.
Fran is survived by six children: Tom (Nancy) of Muscatine, IA; Mark (Sharon) of Shelton, WA; Anne of Sioux Falls, SD; Jane (Duane Lenz) of Castle Pines, CO; Joan (David Bernard) of Dayton, MN; and Mary (Gary Michaels) of Sioux Falls, SD, and their families, including ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Jim and their grandson, Justin James Hendricks; and by her parents, R.J. and Mayme Burke; and siblings, Patricia (Burke) Neils, Edward Burke and Eileen (Burke) Chapin.Download and Print