Of Chelsea, Michigan, age 83, died Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born March 22, 1937 in Pittsfield Township, Michigan, the daughter of Ralph Francis & Grace (Earnshaw) Dibble.
Frances was a member of the Saline High School class of 1955. She earned an Associates Degree in accounting from Washtenaw Community College. Frances worked for Wrigleys in Ann Arbor, where she met Jim. Later she worked for Michigan NDT, retiring in 2002. Frances was a member of the Chelsea First United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School and served on various committees. They were former members of Westside United Methodist, and also attended Christian Home Group. Frances and Jim traveled quite a bit, going on several trips overseas, including trips to where her family originated from. Frances loved family get-togethers. She was always there for the grandkid's activities. Frances and Jim were always working on something. They loved to work on their home and their cabin near Traverse City.
On July 6, 1955 she married James Whitcomb Lorenz in Westside Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, and he preceded her in death on November 8, 2013. Survivors include three children, Doug (Kim) Lorenz of Green, OH, Tammy, Matt (Kathy) Lorenz of Jackson; three grandchildren, Courtney Lorenz, Joseph (Holly) Lorenz, and Sarah (Noah) Stump; and her siblings, Florence Booth, Helen (Andrew) Gilbertson, Gordon (Audrey) Dibble. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Bertress Clinansmith and Geraldine Dibble.
The family will receive friends Friday. March 12 from 10-11 am at the Chelsea First United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held March 12, with Rev. Joy Barrett officiating, but due to Covid restrictions, please call the funeral home at 734-475-1551 to reserve your place at the funeral. Burial will be at Washtenong Memorial Park in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea First United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.
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