CLINTON, Iowa—Frances Elizabeth Meader, 103, of Clinton, Iowa, passed away Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at the Alverno Healthcare Facility in Clinton, Iowa.

Cremation rites have been accorded and burial of her cremated remains will be held at a later date in the McCormick Cemetery in Highland Center, Iowa. Family and friends are invited to share in Frances' life at

Frances was born Sept. 21, 1915, in Hedrick, Iowa, the daughter of Paul and Mary Lena (Davis) Bender. On Dec. 15, 1934, Frances married Howard Wendell Meader. They celebrated 61 years of marriage before Howard's passing on Dec. 17, 1995.

Frances was a homemaker who cherished taking care of her family. She enjoyed sewing, working with stained glass, volunteering with local 4-H clubs and the Brownie and Girl Scouts of America. She also enjoyed swimming exercises and long walks for many years.

Frances will be dearly missed by her daughter, Judith "Judy" (Meader) Bowen of Helena, Mt.; her brother, James Bender of Lexington, Ky; son-in-law, Ronald Smith of Fulton; son-in-law, Bill Davis of Georgetown, Tx.; sister-in-law, Lydia Bender of Chula Vista, Ca.; and niece, Mary Weston of Dover, N.H.

Frances also is survived by nine grandchildren: Shawn (Sharon) Smith, Renee (Doug) Adolph, Rhonda (Bruce) Badtke, Steve (Linda) Davis, Brett Davis, David (Berta) Davis, Cameron Davis, Trace (Molly) Bowen, Carrie (Chris) Jones; 12 great-grandchildren: Kelly (Jessie) Kiste, Nicholas Smith, Amy Smith, Zachary (Kelsey) Davis, Giulia Davis, Danica Davis, Garrett (fiancé Nikki Johnson) Badtke, Rachel Badtke, Anna Badtke, Justine (Matt) Reinhart, Olivia (Ben) Rowan, Celestine Jones; and one great-great-grandchild, Analise Reinhart.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; two daughters, Janet Smith and Gail Davis; one brother, Robert Bender; one sister, Margaret Whipple; and son-in-law, Martin Bowen.

Loved ones may be taken from us, but their memories will remain with us forever.