In one way or another, Frances Washausen was always doing something to help young people in school, church or sports.
She was a Sunday school teacher for 20 years at First Baptist Church of Hammond, said her husband of 46 years, James Washausen.
She also was a school room mom at Lincoln Elementary School in Calumet City.
"The kids loved it," her husband said.
Frances Gayle Washausen, 66, of Crown Point, died Aug. 16.
As a room mother, Washausen once took a Lincoln eighth-grade class to Atlanta for Olympics set-up days.
After she got the run around from the tourist bureau, Washausen called the governor's office to make arrangements for the trip.
"We were treated very nicely when we got there," her husband said with a laugh.
He said his wife also was wonderful with their three sons, including a long stint as a Cub Scout den mother.
Once, when the Scouts needed a new cubmaster, she took on the job herself, James Washausen said.
"She loved her children and myself," he said.
Their boys played baseball, football, wrestling and hockey.
In spite of all this activity, "she never missed a game," her husband said.
Washausen also found time to work as an administrative assistant at Sears, Purdue University Calumet and Swift Technical.
"She was a very good cook," James Washausen said.
Her southern macaroni and cheese and German recipes from James Washausen's aunts made family gatherings special.
When it came to gardening, she loved to put pots of flowers around the outside the house.
"She told me, 'Make sure you water the flowers,'" James Washausen said.
It is a safe bet that he will.