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Frances Rock

April 20, 1924-April 27, 2011

Frances Rock, 87, of Ponsford, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at her home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

A mass of Christian burial was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30 in St. Theodore's Catholic Church, Ponsford, with Father Walter Butor, O.M.I., officiating. Friends may call at the Old Pine Point School from 4 p.m. Friday, April 29 until the time of the mass on Saturday.

Interment will be in St. Theodore's Cemetery.

Frances Rock was born to Samuel Sr. and Jeanette (Ortley) Jones on April 20, 1924 in Ponsford. She was raised and educated in Ponsford. She attended the Chef's Training Course at the Detroit Lakes AVTI.

Frances was united in marriage to Francis Rock in Detroit Lakes. They moved to St. Paul and then lived in Minneapolis, 1975-2011. Francis died in 1987. Frances returned to Ponsford earlier this year.

Frances enjoyed bingo, puzzles, going to powwows, family get-togethers, reading the newspaper and cooking. She was a strong woman, mother and friend.

Survivors include her daughters, Mable Bellanger of Ponsford, Paulette Rock, Stephanie Rock, Theresa Rock and Pamela Rivera, all of Minneapolis; adopted daughter, Jeanetta Jones of Minneapolis; sons, Samuel Rock, Francis Rock Jr. and William Rock, all of Minneapolis; adopted sons, Duane Axdahl of Ponsford and David Axdahl of White Earth; 99 grandchildren; 58 great grandchildren; sister and brother, Mary Beckett and Samuel Jones Jr., both of Cass Lake, Minn.

In addition to her husband, Francis, she was preceded in death by her sons, Simon Rock, Frank Rock and infant twin sons; sisters, Dorothy Axdahl, Theresa Leftwich and Delphine St. Clair; and a brother, Steven Jones.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at