Frances Carole (Cosby) Guess

  • Born: May 3, 1935
  • Died: June 11, 2015
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Flanner Buchanan - Washington Park North Cemetery & Funeral Center

2706 Kessler Blvd. West
Indianapolis, IN 46228
Tel. (317) 251-5959

Tribute & Message From The Family

Frances Carole (Cosby) Guess 80, Indianapolis, died June 11, 2015.

She married William Nathaniel Guess in 1955; they were married for 51 years.

Carole was a teacher 31 years with Indianapolis Public Schools, retiring in 1995.

She was a 37 year member of St. Rita Catholic Church and a member of St. Monica Catholic Church for the last 3 years. She was a volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul and Down Syndrome Indiana. She was an active member of the Mid-North Shepherd Center, Heritage Place, Indiana African American Genealogy Group and was a member of Phi Delta Kappa Sorority, Inc., where she served as Basileus. She was a docent at the Indianapolis Children's Museum and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and was a contributor the Indiana State Museum's collection of Black history.

Carole was a graduate of Madison High School in Madison, IN. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Butler University and a Master of Education degree from Purdue University.

Carole was preceded in death by her husband, William Nathaniel Guess and sister Dr. Marilyn Cosby. Survivors include children William David Guess of Bloomington, Jeanmarie Guess-Hill of Arlington, TX, Theresa Guess-Holt of Evansville, Marc Edward and Deneen Guess of Indianapolis, Carole Janine Guess of Indianapolis, Pamela Guess of Bloomington; siblings Elsie (Cosby) Payne, Naomi (Cosby) Oglesby, Charles Cosby, Jr, Judith Cosby, Cecile (Cosby) Humes; Eugene Cosby; Shelia Cosby, Marlene Cosby, sister-in-law Betty Guess Garrett; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins, other extended family and friends.

Burial will be in Our Lady of Peace Catholic Cemetery.


Condolence & Memory Journal

To The Guess Family. Your lost I'm sure is hard to bear right now but with God's help you'll be alright. Last month Carol called me and we had a good talk. I will miss her she was such a lovely and gracious lady

Posted by Carol Dearman - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   June 21, 2015

To The Guess Family,
I am sorry for your loss. I pray that God gives you all comfort and peace.

Posted by Stephenie Johnson & Family    June 19, 2015

Extending my sincerest condolences to Marc and his family during this time. Praying that God will encompass and comfort you. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Posted by April L. Fletcher Brown - Centreville, MI - Friend of Deneen Guess   June 19, 2015

Sorry about your mother I remember her fondly and realize she will be missed
Love and God's grace be with you

Posted by Theodosia Duncan - Indianapolis, IN   June 19, 2015

Dear Billy, Jeannie, Sissy and Marc:

My deepest and heartfelt sympathy at the passing of your mom.

As your neighbor growing up next door, I remember how much she nurtured and cared for her children. I also remember the fun times we had and how after we all caught doing something wrong, both families got punishments (sometimes the whole neighborhood).

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Posted by Deborah Patton - Indianapolis, IN   June 19, 2015

I had the honor of working with Carole at the St. Vincent De Paul pantry for several years. She was a lovely woman who will be missed by so many. She talked about her family with great affection. I met Mr. Guess many years prior at Tech High School while a student there. My sympathy to the Guess family.

Posted by Susan Lebo - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   June 19, 2015

To the Family, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Carol.
We grow up in Madison Indiana with Carol. Carol was a very out going little sandy haired girl that never met a stranger. Her grandmother lived close to our house,we saw Carol quite often, she had a little built in sunshine that followed her around. How nice to have known her during her childhood. Our family and I are blessed to have been able to share this with her family and friends that have survived her.
With deepest sympathy,

Posted by Jeneva (Cosby) Humes and family - Madison, IN   June 18, 2015

To Marc and bis family, Tyna and I are very sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our prayers.

Posted by Linda Guthier - Indianapolis, IN   June 18, 2015

To Marc and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. We will always hold fond memories of both of your parents. May God bless you with loving memories, always. Please accept our deepest condolences.
With sympathy and prayers,
The Corley Family (Averitte, Dixie, Paula Sue, and Debbie)

Posted by The Corley Family - Indianapolis, IN   June 17, 2015

To Marc and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. We will always hold fond memories of both of your parents. May God bless you with loving memories, always. Please accept our deepest condolences.
With sympathy and prayers,
The Corley Family

Posted by Averitte, Dixie, Paula Sue, and Debbie - Indianapolis   June 17, 2015


Extending my heartfelt condolences to the Guess family.

Posted by Janet Drennan Thornton - Bedford, TX   June 17, 2015

Carole, thinking of you and your family at such a sad time.

Posted by Shelley Johnson - IN - Friend of Carole   June 17, 2015


My heart is heavy and my soul filled with tears for Mrs. Guess' passing. She was very awesome and special woman in the St. Rita's family. We were all blessed to be in her presence and be graced with her poise & grace. Heaven is truly filling up with angels receiving their wings and eternal peace!

Posted by Mary Jo Boyd-Miller - Los Angeles, CA - Family Friend   June 16, 2015


I was deeply sadend to hear of Mrs Guess's passing. She was a wonderful and beautiful person and I will miss her deeply. My prayers go to the family to have the strength to be strong and I know that she is with God Almighty in Paradise...I miss you Mrs Guess LYA Jamie

Posted by James A. Martin - Belton, MO - Ex Son in Law   June 16, 2015

Sending my condolences and prayers to the Guess family in your loss of the family's matriarch. May God provide strength and comfort during this very difficult time.

Posted by Marcia Cristal - Grayson, GA - Friend   June 16, 2015

Thinking of you and your family. If there is anything I can do for you, please don't hesitate to ask. (317)426-5886

Posted by Alicia Johnson-Segraves - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   June 16, 2015


My sympathy to the Guess family. My prayers go out to you during this difficult time.

Posted by Nona Dottery - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   June 16, 2015


Peace and blessings to the family.

Posted by Jackie Shine, SGRho - New Orleans, LA - Sigma Gamma Rho   June 16, 2015


Words are not easy to come at this time. They only echo and hold no meaning. Just know that love has always been there and always will be. Weeping may endure for a night, but my God said joy, oh such sweet unspeakable joy would follow in the morning. I know this to be true and we pray you hold to that until that day when God will join all of you together again. God bless you all and we love you.

Posted by Allen &Elaine Smith - Columbus, IN   June 16, 2015

Marc and family,
I'm so deeply saddened to learn of your Mom's passing. While I know you will miss her, we can take
comfort in her Christian experience and know that God has welcomed her into His kingdom. I pray that your memories sustain you and know the love and prayers of family and friends support you. God bless you!

Posted by Brenda Cox - Indianapolis, IN - friend of Marc   June 16, 2015

To the Guess family, especially Carole & Evan, our deepest condolences and prayers go out to you. Your mother was a class act, an elegant being. She is now Evan's special angel with her ever present spirit gently helping steer his course. Ms. Carole, you'll be missed. The Jackson Family (Marianne, Danielle & Aaron).

Posted by Marianne Jackson - Indianapolis, IN - Family friends   June 16, 2015


My prayers for comfort and peace of mind during this time go out to the Guess family.

Posted by April Harris - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   June 16, 2015

I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength needed to get through this moment in your life.

Posted by C. Carter - UPPER MARLBORO, MD - friend   June 16, 2015

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