School 31

Frances Lucille (Jett) Champney

March 21, 1930 ~ August 17, 2020 (age 90)


Frances Lucille (Jett) Champney of Parma, Michigan passed away on Monday, August 17, 2020 at Arbor Manor Rehabilitation and Care Center at the age of 90. Fran was the daughter of Louis and Blanche Gilson born March 21, 1930 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Fran was preceded in death by her husbands, Walton C. Jett and Robert G. Champney; son, Michael Jett; her parents; brother, Larry Gilson; son-in-law’s, Louis Campos and Leonard Gilman. She is survived by three children, Linda (Bryan) Olson, Sharon Campos, and Carl Jett; step-daughter, Terri Champney; daughter-in-law, Pamela Jett; eight grandchildren, Michelle and Tara Smith, Ashley (Jason) Nidiffer, Chad Jett, Daniel (Noell) Jett, Robert Campos, Kamryn Jett and Aaron Jett; six great-grandchildren, Aisley, Ava, Amelia, Crew, Rylee and Alayna; numerous nieces and nephews; many students and all the lives she has touched.  

Fran was a graduate of Western High School and Spring Arbor University with her Bachelor’s degree in Education. Fran’s first teaching position was a one room school house at Smithfield with grades 1-6. After the closing of Smithfield, she finished her 30-year teaching career in the Western School District. Fran enjoyed sewing quilts for newborns, crocheting pot holders and scrubbies. She never met a stranger, always willing to help in many ways.

To continue her advocacy for education, even after death, she willed her body to University of Michigan Medical School. At her request a celebration of her life will be held in the spring of 2021, time to be announced later. Inurnment will be in Chapel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Fran can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 100, Jacksonville, Florida 32256 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105. 

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Frances Lucille (Jett) Champney, please visit our floral store.


Celebration of Life will take place in 2021


St. Jude Children's Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

Wounded Warrior Project
4899 Belfort Road, Suite 100, Jacksonville FL 32256
Tel: 1-877-832-6997

© 2020 Watson Funeral Chapel. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use