Frances Marie McCully Stanton, 69

| February 25, 2020 8:50 AM

Frances Marie McCully Stanton, 69, of Troy, went to her heavenly home Feb. 13, 2020. She was born to Alfred McCully and Joyce Filiatreau McCully on May 16, 1950, in Eureka.

Frances attended school in Eureka, Libby and Troy. She was one of 12 children in mixed marriages. She attended one year of college part-time at Flathead Valley Community College.

Frances held many jobs including waitressing, postal work and owning several different businesses, but was known for Fran’s Varietyland, which she operated for 23 years.

Fran was very active in her community. She belonged to the grange and the Troy VFW Post #5514 Auxiliary for 44 years and belonged to Libby VFW Post #1548 auxiliary for almost three. She held every position, did them well and won several awards for her presidency and her work with youth groups.

Frances was known as the Give A Helping Hand Christmas Program coordinator for more than 38 years. And she organized the first community Easter egg hunt in Troy, and remained active in the event for many years.

Frances was a talented artist, liked to sing karaoke once in a while or at a campfire. Frances had only pride and love to give to everyone she touched. But her family was first.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Harold Stanton; her mother and father, Alfred McCully and Joyce McCully Fisher; her sister, Pam McCully; and her brothers, Bobby McCully and Phillip Fisher, and Phillip’s wife, Danette.

Frances raised three children: Billie Jo Brue and special friend, Larry Akkerman, of Troy; Rick Bragg and wife, Tammy, of Troy; and Roy Stanton and wife, Teela, of Troy. But the light in her eye was knowing she had grandchildren: Lyric and Eric Stanton of Troy; Owen and Steven Erickson; Loni Harmon of Libby; Bryant Stumpf of Billings; Veronica Stumpf of Roundup; Kalie Stumpf of Spokane, Wash.; and great-grandchildren, Viora Erickson; Levi Harmon; and Emily Harmon.

She also is survived by her brothers, Jumbo Mccully of Libby; Charles Edward Mccully and wife, Willie May, of Ocoee, Fla.; Sam Mccully and wife, Fran, of Troy; Bud McCully and wife, Debbie, of Trego; Pat McCully and wife, Brenda of Trego; Michael McCully of North Dakota; Barbara McCully Frost and husband, Stan Frost, of Three Forks; and Bill Fisher of Arcadia, Mo.

There will be a memorial service for the friends and family of Frances on June 7, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Milnor Lake Cemetery followed by a reception picnic at the Stanton residence at 321 Riverside Ave. in Troy at 1 p.m.

Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.