Frances Viers, a beautiful soul who touched so many lives was called to heaven on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 9, 1943 to Frank Starkey and Margaret Starkey.
She holds the historical distinction of being one of four African-American girls to integrate public schools in the Indianapolis school system. Frances received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science degree (plus 45 hours) from Western Illinois University.
Frances was united in holy matrimony to Jesse Viers on September 3, 1966. Together they were able to fulfill many dreams and goals which led them to Rock Island, IL. Through her passion and devotion to education she taught at Grant and Hawthorne-Irving Elementary Schools in the Rock Island-Milan School District retiring in 2000 after 29 years of service.
She was a Christian and a member of Progressive Baptist Church, Davenport, IA.
Frances was committed to serving others. She found opportunities to do so through her 32-year membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Xi Eta Omega Chapter; as a charter member of Quad Cities Chapter of The Links, Inc.; the Blackhawk Unit 21, Illinois Retired Teacher Association and a 40-year membership in the Illinois Alpha Kappa Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority (an international honorary organization for women educators).
Frances had a spirit and passion for life. She and Jesse enjoyed cruises, traveling throughout the United States and overseas. Spending time with family and friends always brought her joy.
She leaves to cherish her memory her husband Jesse; son, Devin, Moline, IL; granddaughters, Alexis Viers, Moline, IL, Sandra Viers, Milan, IL; a brother, Frank Starkey, his wife, Gunilla, Garden City, New Jersey; nieces , nephews and many devoted friends. Her parents, two sisters a brother and grandson preceded Frances in death.