- March 27, 1914 - January 28, 2017
- San Diego, California
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Frances Marie Overman, age 102, of San Diego, California, died at 11:30 p.m., Saturday, January 28,
2017 at home.
Frances was a retired sales associate at L.S. Ayres & Co. in Indianapolis, Indiana.
She was born March 27, 1914 in Murphysboro, Illinois, the daughter of the late Peter and Rosa
(Scarpinato) Arcamo. (Last name shown on Peter birth certificate, which is from Burgio, Italy, is
She married James Alphonse Overman of Jefferson City, Missouri, July 23, 1945. He preceded her in
death, December 31, 1993.
Frances is survived by her only child and daughter, Rosemary Ann and son-in-law, David James de
Broekert of San Diego, California. Her niece, Rosemarie (Arcamo) Cottonaro of Harrisonville,
Missouri and Pete Arcamo and wife Judy of El Cajon, California and many great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Marie Antoinette Arcamo and Padra Sabella and one
brother, Tony Arcamo.
Frances earned the Penmanship Award, given by Palmer Method for the best handwriting at St.
Andrew Grade School, Murphysboro, Illinois, where she graduated. She attended the Williams
School of Beauty Culture in Murphysboro, Illinois, graduated March 18, 1939 and became a
registered Beauty Culturist in the state of Illinois, October 21, 1939. Frances worked as telegrapher
for the railroad during WWII and was an excellent seamstress/tailor, making most of her daughter’s
clothes for 18 years, which her daughter still treasures. In 1960 & 1961, she was a leader for Catholic
Daughters of America youth group. One of her hobbies was making and and taking the artificial
flowers she made, creating a floral arrangements. She volunteered to make artificial flowers corsages
for the 8th grade graduating class ceremony at St. Philip Neri in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1961.
Frances was also awarded the top sale person award in the woman hosiery department at L.S. Ayres
& Co., Indianapolis, Indiana.
She was an amazing woman, who lived through the depression, the tri-state deadliest tornado of
1925, and after the devastation of the tornado, and at the age of 11 years old, as requested by her
older sister, went looking for her nephew while stepping over decapitated bodies.
Frances was a member of Our Mother of Confidence Parish, San Diego, California.