Frances Jones Highsmith

Frances Jones Highsmith

Frances Jones Highsmith, died April 23 at home. Born Mary Frances Cole to Edward Cole and Helen Elizabeth (Schlosser) Jones June 2, 1927.

Fanny grew up in Fort Atkinson, attended Hoard School, Emery Junior High School through freshman year then graduated from Milwaukee Downer Seminary in 1945. She attended Wheaton College in Norton, MA for 2 years, transferring to the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence graduating in 1950 with a BFA in Fashion Illustration.

In 1950 she married Arthur Paddock and had three daughters. The marriage ended in divorce and in 1965 she moved to Phoenix, AZ where she concentrated on her education and attended classes at ASU to become a Certified Art Teacher.

Taught Middle School Art and later ran the Art Program for Washington Elementary School District #6 in Phoenix. She completed a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Education and also an Educators Certificate. During that time Washington District grew from 10 to 31 schools in a ten year period.

Returned to Fort Atkinson 15 years later to work for the Jones Dairy Farm as a VP of Consumer Affairs retiring in 1992.

Married Hugh Purcell Highsmith on October 28, 1989 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Fort Atkinson, WI.

Among other things she served as Senior Warden of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, President of Fort Atkinson Community Foundation, President of National Society of Colonial Dames, President of the Antiquarian Society of Wisconsin, President of Tuesday Club, President of the Dwight Foster Library Board, and an active member of various organizations including AAUW, PADA, and Wisconsin Nicaragua.

Survived by Sarah Crane Paddock, Elizabeth Paddock Mitten (Roger), Catherine Rochelle Paddock (Jonathan Hagstrum), grandchildren Maya Cole Meishao Hagstrum, Anne Yalan Crane Mitten, brother Edward Cole Jones Jr (Patricia), many cousins, nieces and nephews, Duncan Highsmith (Ana Araújo), Tod Highsmith (Joan Braune), grandchildren Cyrus Highsmith (Anna), Garth Highsmith (Lauren Manes), Sam (Nermine El Goraicy), Wynter Highsmith, Samantha Highsmith, and great grandchildren Mina Highsmith, Habiba Highsmith and Frances Highsmith. Preceded in death by her father Edward C. Jones, mother Helen S. Jones, sister Deborah Jones Donaldson, and her husband Hugh P. Highsmith and his son William Highsmith.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 13 at 11 a.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 302 Merchants Avenue, Fort Atkinson. Visitation will precede the service from 9:30 – 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation or Dwight Foster Public Library, Fort Atkinson. Dunlap Memorial Home of Fort Atkinson is assisting the family.