Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Frances "Sue" Gross died May 22, 2008, in Brookfield, Wis. She was 95. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the United Methodist Church in Britton, S.D., with the Rev. Kris Mutzenberger officiating. Burial will be in the Britton Cemetery. Frances Marie "Sue" Gross was born Feb. 19, 1913, in Kimball, Minn., to Frank E. and Mary (Walberg) Smith. The family moved to Hecla, S.D., where Frances attended school. She studied music and received an elementary teaching certificate from Northern Normal (now Northern State University) in Aberdeen and taught in Brown County schools for several years. In 1941, Frances married Maurice Gross at Hecla. They owned and operated the drug store in Langford, S.D., for five years, later moving to Britton, S.D., where they owned and operated Quarve Drug until Maurice's death in 1965. Frances married Guilford Gross in 1967 at Brookings, S.D., where they made their home. Guilford was a professor of pharmacology at South Dakota State University. Shortly after Guilford's death in 1997, Frances moved to Brookfield to be closer to her son. Frances was a lifelong member of United Methodist Church, serving as choir director and organist at the church in Britton for 25 years. She was a 50-year member of Britton Chapter #65, Order of Eastern Star, Chapter BG, P.E.O. For 30 years, she attended St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brookings. Frances was an avid reader and follower of current events and meteorology. Frances was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; and brothers Allan and Howard Smith. Frances is survived by son Garrett (and Carol) Gross of Elm Grove, Wis.; step-children Kathryn Landreth and Michael (and Susan) Gross; grandson Christopher (and Gulnara) Gross; and great-grandson Nikita Gross; nieces and nephews Janet (and Cal) Kirschenmann, Sue (and Ron) Olofson, Kathy (and Doug) Nelson, Richard (and Pamela) Smith, and Stephanie (and Tom) Zerfas, and Randy (and Trudi) Smith; and sister-in-law Ruth Smith of Aberdeen, S.D.. Arrangements were made by the Price Funeral Chapel of Britton.