Frances Ann (Reese) Hipps Hanscom, 84, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at Wynwood House, State College. She was born on September 28, 1936, in Port Matilda, the 5th child of O. P. and C. Pauline (Nearhoof) Reese. Frances graduated from Port Matilda High School (BEA) in 1954. After high school Frances worked at the State House Restaurant in Port Matilda and the Weis Market in State College. In 1957, she moved to Chicago, where she worked for American Airlines until her marriage to James Hipps in 1958, who preceded her in death in 2000. The couple moved to Buffalo, NY where she once again worked for American Airlines, transferring to Tempe, AZ and then to San Francisco, CA. She left her position in 1962. In 1975, she took a job at the Ocean Shore Hardware in Half Moon Bay, CA and became head of the plumbing department. Frances loved to play softball and played in both high school and for the Women’s Softball League in Half Moon Bay. She loved to sew and made most of her own clothes and those of her children. She taught Sunday School and Bible School. She taught wallpaper classes and when she worked for the Ocean Shore Hardware, Earthquake safety for Women, and Plumbing for Women. Frances married Jerome B. Hanscom in 2008, who preceded her in death on May 27, 2020. Frances is survived by her two daughters, Pollie Jane Pent of Jackson, CA and Susan E. Burnett (Mark) of Half Moon Bay, CA, her 6 grandchildren, Joseph Pent (Naomi) of Vancouver, WA, Nicholas Pent (Jessica) of Jackson, CA and SGT. John Pent stationed with the U.S. Army at Fort Braggs, NC, with the 82nd ABN Division, Teagan Pent of Jackson, CA., Melissa and Ashley Burnett of Half Moon Bay, CA; also surviving are her great-grandchildren, Natalie, Alexandra and Cameryn Pent of Jackson, CA and Wilder Pent of Vancouver WA. She is also survived by 7 siblings, Ira, Rodney, Earle, Quay, Faye, Sam, and Marilyn. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Dayton of Port Matilda and Dale of Thermopolis, WY.
Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at the Port Matilda Baptist Church, 105 S. Main St. Port Matilda, PA from 2 PM – 3 PM with the Funeral Service to follow at 3 PM, Pastor Sam Reese, officiating. Burial will be in Port Matilda Cemetery, Port Matilda, PA.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of The Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.deankwetzlerfuneralhome.com