Frances L. Saska Whitlow

COITSVILLE – The Pearly Gates of Heaven opened on Friday, March 7, 2014, to welcome Frances Lee Teeters Saska Whitlow, 76, formerly of Hubbard, who died at Valley Care Northside Hospital after a brief illness.

She was born July 22, 1937, in Trenton, Neb., a daughter of the late Francis M. and Patricia Marie Rose Teeters.

She truly was a business woman extraordinaire, owning a restaurant, convenience store, bar, real estate and a farm over the course of her life. It was often said that anything she touched turns to gold. She had a million dollar smile that could soften the heart of even the most unruly teen.

Her most important “job” in life was as mother, grandmother and foster mother to many, many children in the Tri-county region. She was best known as ”Grandma Frances” and genuinely loved children. She could be spotted at any given time, having a van full of children, and frequented the Dairy Queens, Idora Park, Cedar Point, Sea World and Disney World.

She was a kind, generous, loving woman who opened her home to anyone in need, but especially children. She changed the lives of many people, who were fortunate enough to cross her path. She enjoyed crocheting, flea-marketing, cooking, traveling, but most of all, a child’s arms around her neck made her happiest.

She married the “love of her life,” Stephen W. Saska in Garden Grove, Calif., and unto this union three children were born. She leaves to cherish her memory a son, Stephen W. (Jacqueline White) Saska of Austin, Texas; daughters, Theresa (Kent) Lyons of Coitsville and Rebecca (the late Bill) Broxson of Howland; siblings, James (Shirley) Teeters of Yuma, Ariz., and Sally (Ken) Canion of Friendswood, Texas. One of the greatest “gifts” she ever received was her firstborn grandchild, Tressa Rebecca Scahill, born on her birthday, followed by four more wonderful grandchildren, William Henry (Brock) Broxson IV, Kelsie Marie Scahill, Megan Marie Broxson and Mary Frances Lyons. She also cherished Marci (Seabolt) Haught of Pakersburg, W.Va., whom she reared as her “first” grandchild for many years. She leaves many nieces, nephews, and friends, and her dog Toby.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Marvin Teeters, Arda Krepcik and Ida Ekberg; a niece, Paula (Ekburg) Fierstein; and a nephew, Rodney Ekberg.

Frances’ family would like to express their appreciation to their friend and longtime caregiver, Robert “Gene” Stewart; her friend and physician, Dr. Michael Schulz; and the exceptional staff at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center.

Friends and family may call from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home.

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