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By The Mercury

Frances (Fran) N. Beaty, 90, of Manhattan died Monday.

The family provided some of the following information.

She was born Feb. 23, 1923, in Jefferson City, Mo. She was the daughter of James M. and Mildred (Shoffner) Witten. 

Fran graduated from high school in Jefferson City, Mo., and attended Central College in Fayette, Mo., as well as Drury College in Springfield, Mo.

Fran met Eugene “Gene” M. Beaty on the softball field, where she played first base.  They were later married June 17, 1944, and in 1949 made Manhattan their home, where her husband set up his dental practice. 

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and was active in many organizations, including Meals on Wheels, Head Start and Gamma Phi Beta sorority.  Fran was a great cook and loved sharing her food with others. Some of her favorite pastimes were reading mysteries, golfing, playing bridge and watching K-State sports. Fran’s greatest joy came from spending time with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a stillborn son; and brother, Jim Thompson. 

She is survived by her brother, Earl Thompson and wife Mary Fran of La Jolla, Calif.; two daughters,  Linda King of Olathe, and Carol McGaughey and husband Bob of Wichita; three grandchildren, Aaron King of Kansas City, Mo, Adam King and wife Katie of Shawnee, and Kate McGaughey of Wichita; and one great-granddaughter, Harper King of Shawnee.

A celebration of her life will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with the Rev. R. Cam McConnell officiating.  Private family inurnment will be in Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

Online condolences and favorite memories may be shared with the family through the funeral home website at

Memorials have been established for ATA Bus or Homecare and Hospice, Inc.  Contributions may be left in care of Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.

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