She was born March 18, 1946, in Greenville, Tenn., to the late Jimmy and Cora Alice (Travis) Hensley. She had four children with the late Leonard Prater. She was married to Chandler Shepherd for 18 years.
Frances also had three children from the late Frances Marshall. She worked at Timbercrest Health Care as a QMA CNA for over 22 years, para-professional at Madison Elementary School, Warsaw, and an associate at Wal-Mart, Warsaw.
She will always and forever love her caregivers: Earl Gene Ward Jr., Angela Ward, June Dials, Chris Stephens and Sam Prater, for taking 24 hour care of her and Center for Hospice Care, Plymouth, Ind. She would also like to say a special thank you to her Nurse Aide, Shenna for always putting a huge smile on her face.
She is survived by seven children: Angela (Earl Gene) Ward Jr., Warsaw, Ind.; Len (Kathy) Prater, North Manchester, Ind.; Robert (Tammy) Prater, Liberty Mills, Ind.; Sam (Sarah) Prater, Warsaw; Ty (Ed) Kipker, Warsaw; Tina (Kevin) Clapp, North Manchester; Terry (Angie Brubaker) Shepherd, North Manchester; 17 grandchildren and one grandson: baby Prater, due Feb. 4, 2013; seven great-grandchildren; one super special sister: Chris (Jimmy) Stephens, Wabash, Ind.; two loving brothers: Frank (Peg) Hensley, North Manchester; and Jim (Rebel) Hensley, Huntington, Ind.; and three very special sisters-in-law: Rose Whitaker, Claypool, Ind.; Odlie Shepherd, Corunna, Ind.; and Evelyn McKenzie, Springfield, Ohio.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, from at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester, Ind. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the funeral home. Pastor Terry Bradford will officiate. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Frances Shepherd, memorial contributions may be made to Bread of Life Outreach Post, Inc., 7846 KY Route 40 West, Oil Springs, KY 41238-9130.