Frances Ann Hargis


Frances Ann Hargis


Frances Ann Hargis passed away peacefully the night of Aug. 11, 2018. Frances was born on Oct. 14, 1934, in Salt Lake City, to Carl and Frances Herre. Frances spent her childhood growing up in Ashton, Idaho, where she met the love of her life, Edward Hargis. Ed and Frances married on June 15, 1957. They started a strong, loving family when Mike was born in 1958, followed by Leslie in 1962 and Linda in 1965. Frances cherished the time spent with her grandchildren, Jennifer, Jeremy, Kallie and Calvin. And nothing made these grandchildren happier than time spent with her.

After graduating from Ashton High School, Frances attended Idaho State University, where she graduated with a degree in pharmacy. At this time, there were a limited number of females in this field, demonstrating what a strong, determined woman Frances was.

As Ed moved through the stages of his medical training, Frances was close by his side. After briefly living in Wisconsin and Maine, Ed and Frances moved their family to Billings in 1967. Frances was always involved in the activities of her children, whether it was volunteering at the school or transporting each to their numerous activities. While raising three children, Frances worked at various pharmacies across Billings.

Ed and Frances loved spending time at their cabin and had a continuous open door invite out to family and friends. If they were at their cabin, all were welcome for a cup of coffee and a bed to spend the night.

As each child grew and left for various spots across the country, they knew Mama was always just a phone call away. Whether the calls were mundane “How was your day” or more profound, Frances treasured hearing each of their voices. And as each grandchild grew, they could also count on her to be there for their activities, if not in person, then with a phone call to hear the full story.

Frances is survived by her son, Michael (Maridee) Hargis; her daughters, Leslie (Matt Knudson) Hargis and Linda (Eric) Bjorgum. In addition to her grandchildren, Frances is survived by four great-grandchildren, as well as many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Frances Herre; and her husband, Edward L Hargis, M.D.

A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Stillwater Hospice or a charity of choice.

Mama, you are the strongest woman we have ever known. You never gave up which taught us to never give up. We know you are with Papa and happy now. We will carry you with us forever.

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5 thoughts on “Frances Ann Hargis”

  1. Mike, Leslie and Linda,
    My prayers to all of you – Frances is a great lady and oh so many dear memories we have with our families growing up together. (Well except for that time she made us eat split pea soup for lunch — )

    All our love to you,
    Darcy and the entire Lee Family

  2. Hi, it is Kristi from activities. I just want each one of you how much I loved your mom. She was a very calming presence to me when I was getting worked up. I would look at her and we would grin at each other. I enjoyed many special moments of sitting alone with her visiting about all of you or just sitting together in silence. Linda, you did an amazing job. The times you stopped your live to care for her needs was amazing. I know how much you all meant to her because she commented on it a lot. She did an amazing job raising such wonderful children and you all were so luck to have such a wonderful mom. I was honored to be a part of her days. I have a wonderful picture of her I would like to send. We were outside playing bingo and I got out a bunch of old hats to wear. She kept hers on when we went inside. Thank you for allowing to be a part of her life. I will always remember her beautiful smile and warm heart.

  3. I spent many days and nights at the baseball fields and basketball courts with Frances,watching her grandson play ball. She always made me feel a part of her family and happy to be watching sports with me. These memories mean a lot to me. I am happy Frances and her family are part of my life. I will cherish these moments. I love you Hargis famiy.


  4. Dear Mike, Leslie and Linda,

    It was with deep sadness that I have learned that your beloved Mother has passed away. She will always hold a very special place in my heart as a child growing up in Billings, and as a daughter as I left home.

    On the numerous occasions that my family visited your lovely family home, she and your Father were so gracious. Not only were they dear friends to both of my parents, but they, together, always conveyed a genuine interest in my sister and brother and myself.

    A meal and a swim in your pool were always a highlight of our childhood summers. I know “Mrs. Hargis” worked hard behind the scenes in order to make it seem so effortless and enjoyable when we were all together.

    Your Mother was such a dear friend to my Father in her many support roles with the Billings Symphony and during the time they were both at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Her many visits and meals she brought to my Dad during his extended illness were such a blessing. Such genuine kindness and generosity flowed so naturally from her heart and will always be cherished.

    The love between your parents was so special and I felt so sad when your Mom was widowed. However, her amazing spirit and resilience really shined brightly when my Mom, also a widow by then, and your Mom made several road trips out to Seattle to visit their daughters and grandchildren.

    I am certain I am one of many who hold such precious memories of your Mother. She was a truly amazing woman who influenced my life and character in many ways. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to face life without her.

    You and your families and extended family are all in my thoughts and prayers today. I pray for the peace of God to be with you and keep you in the days and weeks and years to come. May you draw on the warmth of your own memories and your deep and abiding love for your Mother to find comfort at this time.

    With Love and Admiration,

    Melody Salguero and Family

  5. Dear Mike, Leslie and Linda,

    I am so sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing… I have many wonderful memories of all that she meant to my family… Her wonderful support and encouragement in all of Forest’s musical pursuits, especially with the Symphony,… and to all our children throughout the many stages of their lives… It was such a joy to work with Frances in all of the activities we did together at St. Andrew’s… What a great pleasure it was to travel together — with the dogs — to and from our visits to our daughters in Seattle over the years… I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to each of you at this time.


    Jessie Cornwell

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