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Frances M. Hammersmith

January 26, 1925 May 3, 2018
Frances  M. Hammersmith
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Obituary for Frances M. Hammersmith

Frances Marie Hammersmith, age 93, of Grelton, passed away on May 3, 2018, at Northcrest Rehab and Nursing Center of Napoleon. She was born, Jan. 26, 1925, to the late Brady and Nora (Barney) Strickland, in Ashland, KY. In January, 1943 she married Lewis Hammersmith, and he preceded her in death in December, 1984.
Fran loved country music, and writing lyrics. She appeared on stage at The Grand Ole Opry in the 1970s. She also had a passion for writing poetry. She spent many years collecting information and writing society columns for local newspapers.
Fran loved her vegetable gardens and flowerbeds, where she spent endless hours cultivating, planting, and harvesting for her fall canning. She also had a deep passion for her genealogy, and spent years collecting information on her ancestors. But, Fran’s love for God, and dedication to her family were her greatest pleasures.
Fran is survived by her daughters, Carolyn Winseman, of Grelton, and Phyllis Barrett, of Defiance; grandchildren, Sheila (David) Wink, Kimberly Winseman, Kristine (Michael) Belcher, Danielle (Tim) Bennett, Laurie Monteiro, Annette (Bill) Messmann, Mark Barrett, Tim (Janet) Hammersmith, Paula Rankin; 35 great-grandchildren; 18 great great-grandchildren; her sister, Annabell Shoemaker, of Little Rock, AR; and brother, John Strickland of Tontogany, OH.
She was also preceded in death by her son, Ray Hammersmith; grandson, Michael Barrett; brothers, Junior, Billy, Kenneth, and Owen Strickland; and sister, Maxine Corey.
In keeping with Fran’s wishes, she was cremated, and there will be a Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Snyder Wesche Hoening Funeral Home, Napoleon, on Saturday, May 19, with fellowship time starting at 11 a.m. Memorial service will begin at 1 p.m.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to a charity of the donor’s choice.


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19

May

11:00 AM 5/19/2018 11:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 5/19/2018 1:00:00 PM
Snyder-Wesche-Hoening - Napoleon

830 Scott Street
Napoleon, OH 43545

Snyder-Wesche-Hoening - Napoleon
830 Scott Street Napoleon 43545 OH
United States

celebration of life service

Saturday

19

May

1:00 PM 5/19/2018 1:00:00 PM - 1:30 PM 5/19/2018 1:30:00 PM
Snyder-Wesche-Hoening - Napoleon

830 Scott Street
Napoleon, OH 43545

Snyder-Wesche-Hoening - Napoleon
830 Scott Street Napoleon 43545 OH
United States

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