Oh how Nana Banana will be missed! She was truly the best grandmother in the world. The strongest, most loving and caring woman to ever walk this earth! Her love and support, her compassion, her strong will and wisdom will never be forgotten and will be missed every day! Her beautiful smile, her witty ways and most of all her heart , will live on with us forever! Mama’s house will always be the house that built me, the house that built us, the family! May you rest in peace nana and I know she is with my baby boy and all her loved ones before her, singing and smiling again together! We love you nana so much! And Josh says your “big boy” will “fix the pipes” and he’s glad you “got to see his face again” haha go rest high on that mountain Nana, My Angel!
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Anna “Nana” Beatrice France, 92, of Evansville, IN. passed away peacefully at her home on April 19, 2021. Surrounded by her family. She was born on March 20, 1929, to Elmo and Olivia Riggs of Madisonville, KY.
Anna was a licensed beautician for many years. She also worked at the VNP where she retired at 62. Anna was a military wife to Will France, who loved and supported her country. Anna was loved by everyone and was the “Hostess with the Mostess.” She never met a stranger. Her home was always open, where it gained the name “Mama’s House.” She loved cooking for others and you always left with a full belly! Anna was known for her famous cheeseball and enjoyed her favorite cookies and coffee with her family. Anna loved and truly lived for God, her family, and her country. Anna’s favorite TV show was the Wheel of Fortune and she was the “Queen” of solving puzzles and keeping her brain sharp. Anna was always witty and had a joke up her sleeve. She enjoyed music and singing with her family. Anna had a servant’s heart and was strong in her faith. She lived her life with no fear because of her trust in the Lord. Her famous words “Angels all around you” will live on, now being the Angel all around us.
The family would like to say a special thanks to her granddaughter Chastidy Mayes, who was her live-in caregiver for many years. They had a special relationship. They shared a love and bond together with their dog Journey, who is now in heaven. The family would also like to thank Heart to Heart Hospice for their care and compassion for Anna and her family.
Anna was preceded in death by her daughters Dana “Kaye” Dean and Brenda Ritter; her sister Donna Cline; son-in-law Thomas Wilkinson and Tony Ritter; brother-in-law Richard Fawcett and Bernard Cline.
Anna is survived by her daughters Theresa Patterson, Tammy (James) Baughn, Vickie Wilkinson; her sisters Maxine Fawcett and Kathy Burg; brother Jimmy (Dottie) Riggs; her 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and many extended family members who she loved dearly.
A visitation will be held on Friday, April 23, 2021, from 10 am to 12 pm at Sunset Funeral Home, 1800 St. George Road, 47711. Service will begin at 12 pm and following the service family and friends are welcome to join in escorting Anna to Sunset Memorial Mausoleum. The family has requested in lieu of flowers, for donations towards the funeral service.
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