NEWARK — A funeral service for Mary Grace Francis will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 88 N. 5th St., Newark, with Pastor Mark Chow presiding. Interment will follow at Bryn Zion Cemetery, Mount Gilead. The family will receive friends and relatives Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st St., Newark.
Mrs. Francis, 97, of Goosepond Retirement Village, Newark, passed away Saturday, Oct. 2, 2011. She was born May 20, 1914, in Mount Vernon, to her late parents, Ephraim and Mary Gertrude (Winget) Kunkle. Mary was a 1933 graduate of Mount Vernon High School. Mary and her late husband, H. Malcolm Francis were married in 1946. In 1969, Mary and Malcolm moved to Columbus where Malcolm was employed by the Columbus Dispatch. Mary worked for the former Citizen’s Savings and Loan and retired from the Huntington Bank Operations Center in 1976. After retirement Mary and Malcolm moved to Goosepond Retirement Village, Newark, in 1999. Mary was a lifelong member of the Maple Grove United Methodist Church, Columbus, and recently attended First United Methodist Church, Newark, where she was involved in the Women’s Bible Study. She was also a member of Knox Chapter of OES and the Dan C. Stone American Legion Auxiliary in Mount Vernon. Mary was an animal lover and will be sadly missed by her adopted little dog, Chloe.
Mrs. Francis is survived by her beloved niece, Patricia Ann Love Tilley; and great-niece, Lori R. Love, who were like a daughter and granddaughter to her. She is also survived by a great-nephew, Kevin S. (Stephanie) Love and their two daughters, Hanna and Erin, as well as great-niece, Holly Ann (Tom) Crocker and their two daughters, Maecey Love and Julia Grace Crocker. She leaves behind many cherished friends from Mount Vernon, Columbus and Newark.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, H. Malcolm Francis; brother, Lawrence Kunkle and his wife, Bettina; and a niece, Sharon Billowitz.
In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may contribute to Hospice of Central Ohio, P.O. Box 43055, Newark, OH 43055. The family requests online condolence sent via http://www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com by clicking obituaries, view full details, guest book entry.
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