Obituary: Maureen Frank - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Obituary: Maureen Frank

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Maureen (Sullivan) Frank, 70, of Great Falls, passed away Saturday, October 7, 2017.

A memorial service will be Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel at 10:00 a.m. with a burial of ashes to follow at Highland Cemetery. Schnider Funeral Home is handling the arrangements

Maureen (Sullivan) Frank was born in Helena, Montana on October 9, 1946 to Frank and Virginia (Simons) Sullivan.

Much of her early life was spent in Townsend with her grandparents Frank and Stella Simons.

At age 3, Maureen and her parents moved to Missoula, where she would attend St. Francis Xavier grade school and graduate from Sacred Heart Academy in 1964.

While at Sacred Heart, Maureen won several writing awards and was editor of the Quill & Scroll Society. She also wrote a weekly column for the Missoulian newspaper.

In 1970, Maureen became Missoula District Office Manager for Western District Congressman Richard Shoup and remained in the position for two congressional terms. It was, in her words, her dream job.

On May 26, 1973, she married John Donegan of Anaconda, Montana. The marriage resulted in the birth of their son, John Douglas “Doug” Donegan.

A move to Great Falls brought a new marriage to Paul D. Bray. In their 17year union was born a son, Kevin Bray.

In 1997, Maureen married Gary J. Frank, the man who, again in her words, made her heart smile. In the marriage she found the peace and safe haven she had never before known.

Her beloved sons were happy that mom finally had someone to love her and take care of her.

They went thru life with some ups and downs, including devastating house fires in 1997 and 2012, but always came out the other side, stronger and more together than ever before.

Always involved in what her sons were into, Maureen became a hockey mom for 14 years.

She served as vice president of Great Falls Youth Hockey and was on the board of directors for several seasons.

She could always be found in the bleachers for games. The organization led to long-term friendships that last to this day.

To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the Schnider Funeral Home website.

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