Francis  Jacobson

Obituary of Francis Pauline Jacobson

Francis Pauline Jacobson, age 99, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016, in her home in Ardmore, Oklahoma. A memorial service is being planned for this spring. Francis was born in Buffalo, Okla., on April 27, 1916, to Herbert A. Monhollon and Laura (Braly) Monhollon. When she was 13, her family moved to Edmond, Okla., where she graduated from Edmond High School. She attended Central State University and graduated with a degree in Math and Physical Education. She excelled in tennis, basketball, volleyball, swimming, and cheerleading while in college. She was awarded the Best Athlete Award in 1937. "Frankie" married C.E. "Tip" Jacobson when they were both sophomores at CSU. She began her teaching career in Tulsa. During World War II, she taught math and science, ran the swimming pool, and drove the school bus in Canon City, Colorado. After coaching jobs in Waurika, Chandler, and Hobart, the Jacobsons landed in Ardmore in 1950, where Fran began a long career with the Ardmore Public Schools. Many women, now in their 60's and 70's, will remember Mrs. Jacobson as their P.E. teacher. When the Junior High moved to the old High School building, she taught math until she retired in 1980. Fran took much joy as a gardener. For years she provided the Presbyterian Church with flowers for the altar. She volunteered at Ardmore Memorial Hospital and tutored at Carter Seminary. An avid golfer, Fran served a term as president of the Dornick Hills Ladies Golf Association. She loved to play bridge and held office in the Ardmore Duplicate Bridge Club. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband C.E. "Tip" Jacobson, her brother Ted Monhollon (Jean) and her sister Tennis Wallace (Thomas). Fran is survived by four children. Jan Grantham of Redding, California; Jack Jacobson of Ardmore, Oklahoma; Frank Jacobson (Ann) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; and Page Jacobson of Ardmore, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
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