Frances Ogilvie

Frances E. Ogilvie, 91, of Prairie City, formerly of Beardstown and Ipava, died at 10:30 p.m. on Monday, May 19, 1997, at the Prairie City Nursing Center in Prairie City.

She was born on Dec. 19, 1905, in Pawnee, a daughter of Frank and Lou Jones Birnbaum. She married C.R. “Chick” Ogilvie on June 1, 1927, in Virginia. He died on Nov. 30, 1986. Also preceding her in death were one son, Don R. Ogilvie of Beardstown, two brothers and one sister.

Surviving are one daughter, Mary F. Cassidy of Table Grove; three grandchildren, Ann Patridge and James Cassidy, both of Table Grove, and Dana Fischer of Beardstown; and seven great-grandchildren.

Frances spent the first half of her life in Beardstown, graduating from Beardstown High School in 1923. She was a bookkeeper at her father’s meat market prior to her marriage. In the late 1940’s, she worked at Walker Grocery on Fourth Street, where she persuaded her employer to open a delicatessen in his store, offering prepared dishes from her own special recipes. The idea was new to the area at that time and caught on quickly with post-war homemakers. She later opened her own delicatessen, called The Dutch Maid.

Mr. Ogilvie’s job with the CB&Q Railroad took them to Table Grove during World War II. He later transferred with the Santa Fe Railroad to Gallup, New Mexico, where they lived for 17 years. After retirement, they lived in Anaheim, Calif., and Calico Rock, Ark., before settling in Ipava in 1981 to be near family and friends. After her husband’s death, Frances lived for several years at Everly House in Macomb.

Cremation arrangements are being handled by Cline’s Funeral Home in Beardstown. A memorial service will be held at Cline’s on June 1 at 2 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Beardstown Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Prairie City Nursing Center.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/28/1997

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