Fran was born on July 23, 1943, in Galveston, Texas, the daughter of Elmer E. and Lucille Toerner Rathbun.
Fran took exceptional pride in the fact that she was able to share both her faith and her knowledge as she taught second- and fourth-graders at Sacred Heart and Holy Cross Elementary schools. She was a very loving and caring person who loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Sharing information and photos of her grandchildren to others via email and the Internet was her favorite way to bring a smile to others. She had a very soft spot in her heart for the elderly, and also for children whom she felt had a tough life. She had a special place in her heart for these “adopted” friends. She also had a special place in her heart for all animals, many of which she brought home.
She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband, Milford “Butch” Blum of Baton Rouge; three children, Charlene Blum Eymard and husband Dwayne of LaPlace, Lisa Blum Smith and husband Terry of Baton Rouge, and Jeffery Blum and wife Caridad of Morgan City; six grandchildren, Matthew Eymard, Eric Eymard and Emily Eymard, all of LaPlace, Adam Blum of Morgan City, Megan Smith of Baton Rouge, and Jacob Blum of Morgan City; one sister, Betty Jehs of Bloomington, Ind.; one brother, Robert “Jack” Rathbun of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a very large and extensively special extended family.
Fran was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer E. Rathbun and Lucille Toerner Rathbun.
Mass of Christian burial was held at 11 a.m. today, March 12, 2012, at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Visitation was held 6-9 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Twin City Funeral Home, and continued from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass at Holy Cross. Fran was laid to rest in the Morgan City Mausoleum.