Frances Elizabeth Wheeler Knox Wilson

Oct. 5, 1922 – June 25, 2018

Frances Knox Wilson, 95, of St. George, passed away in the early morning hours of June 25, 2018, at the BeeHive Assisted Living Home where she had been very well cared for. She was born Oct. 5, 1922, in Appleton, Wisconsin, to Francis Foss Wheeler and Georgene Amelia Pearsall. She had an older sister and a younger brother.

She graduated from college in the Midwest and subsequently earned her teaching certificate and a master’s degree. She married Richard John Knox in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1945, and moved to Southern California where they raised their four children. She joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1957 along with her family and later had a high school teaching career before retiring and moving to St. George.

Her husband, Richard, passed away in 1998, and she married Bernard Charles Wilson in 1999, who passed in 2008.

Frances enjoyed reading historical fiction and was interested in politics. Her consuming passion, however, was family history work, wherein she submitted thousands of family names for temple work.

In later years, she was joined in St. George by her daughter, two granddaughters and their families.

Frances is survived by three of her children: Gregory (Peggy) Knox of St. George, David (Sandra) Knox of Flagstaff, Arizona, Richard Knox of Salt Lake City; Charles Harrison (husband of her deceased daughter) of St. George; stepdaughter, Nancy Cisneros of Yucaipa, California; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, her daughter, her sister and brother, and husband of a granddaughter.

Funeral services

  • Funeral services will be held Monday, July 9, at 11 a.m. at the Green Valley LDS 5th Ward Chapel, 124 North Valley View Drive, St. George, Utah.
  • A visitation will be held Monday, prior to services, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., at the church.
  • Interment will be in the Santa Clara City Cemetery, Santa Clara, Utah.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221.

For condolences, full obituary and funeral listings please visit Metcalf Mortuary online.

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