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Raven, Frances Allison Bell (1918-2002)


Posted By: Debbie Greenfield (email)
Date: 3/24/2022 at 16:00:22

Daily Freeman Journal
Webster City, Iowa
Wednesday, May 8, 2002

F. Allison Raven, 83, Webster City, died Monday, May 6, 2002 at the Hamilton Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Trinity Lutheran Church with Revs. John Grebner and Doug Tiffany officiating. Private family interment will be at the Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Foster Funeral Home.

Frances Allison Bell was the daughter of Raymond Bruce Bell and Marie Jacobs Bell and was born July 21, 1918 on a farm near Ollie, Iowa. Allison's mother passed away when she was only 5 1/2 years old and she was raised by her grandparents, Alson and Elizabeth Jacobs and lived in Nemaha and Waukee.

Allison graduated from Nemaha High School in 1936 and was valedictorian of her class, receiving a four year scholarship to college for her academic achievements. In addition, Allison was an excellent piano student and played for all the school and church functions in Nemaha and Waukee. Allison graduated from AIB business college in Des Moines and was employed at Henry A. Wallace Pioneer Hybrid Seed Company in Des Moines. In 1939, Allison served as secretary to Mr. Selby.

Allison Bell married Walter Raven on Oct. 1, 1939 at the English Lutheran Church in Webster City. They spent their honeymoon in Minnesota and later lived there 20 summers at their lake home near Park Rapids.

She was employed by Hahne Printing Company in Webster City as Advertising Assistant for the Aberdeen Angus Journal before retiring. Allison also served as a secretary at the Raven Real Estate for many years.

Allison is survived by her husband, Walter; son Michael J., architect and his fiance Christine Swanson of Berkeley, Calif.; Michael's son Erik, Washington, D.C.; daughter Kristina Raven of Paris, France; son David Raven, artist and teacher for Brown College in Mendota Heights, Minn.; and his wife DeAnne Gregory-Raven, their daughter, Lindsey Raven and son Jasper Raven, both residing in the Twin Cities.

In addition, she is also survived by her stepmother Edith Bell and half-sister, Ann Bell Brazeal of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; and a cousin, Betty Horn of Adel, Iowa.

Allison was preceded in death by her father, Raymond in 1975 and her mother, Marie, in 1924.

Allison will be remembered by her family and friends as a kind spirit who enjoyed life and was a generous friend to all who knew her. She gave all her family encouragement to succeed at whatever they tried.


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