Eunice “Sam” DeFrance, 91, of Iowa City, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at the Hospice Unit of Mercy Iowa City. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Jan. 15 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Iowa City with Father Steve Witt officiating. Burial followed at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Camp Courageous or to the Regina Foundation.
Eunice Marie Burger was born Sept. 15, 1922, in Iowa City to Ed and Marie Burger. She attended St. Mary’s school, graduating in 1940. She was united in marriage to Jerry DeFrance on June 12, 1946, and they were blessed with six children. Sam and Jerry lived in Iowa City all of their married life except for a 10-year stint on a farm on the Sand Road south of Iowa City near Hills. Sam worked at Iowa State Bank downtown for many years and later was employed by the Johnson County Recorder’s office where she retired in 1990. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church. Sam was a very special, unselfish person who never complained and was always grateful to have her family around her.
Sam is survived by her husband, Jerry, six children, 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, one sister, Ruth Woodhouse, and several nieces and nephews. Her children are Jackie (Dennis) Larwa of Iowa City, Marilyn (Marc) Brown, Solon, Jane (Paul) Brown, North Liberty, Jeff ‘Hank’ (Marcy) DeFrance of Iowa City, Mark DeFrance of Hoover, Ala., and John DeFrance of Iowa City. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Jean O’Neill; and brothers-in-law, John O’Neill, Don Woodhouse and Dick DeFrance.