Frances Eileen Easterday, 98, South Whitley, passed away peacefully at her home at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.
She was born in Columbia City on Dec. 10, 1920, a daughter of the late Clarence C. and Florence (Jolly) Minnick. Her formative years were spent in Union Twp., Whitley County where she attended St Patrick’s School at Arcola and graduated from Coesse High School in 1939.
On Jan. 2, 1940, she was united in marriage to Kenneth R. Easterday. The couple made their home in Richland Twp. moving to South Whitley in 1991. Mr. Easterday died Aug. 14, 2002.
She was a full-time homemaker raising the couple’s seven children. She enjoyed sewing and quilting. Throughout her life she delighted in gardening both flowers and vegetables.
She is survived by her children, Jack (Rosemary) Easterday, Fort Wayne; Bonnie (Denver) Watson, South Whitley; Mary Ann Kinney, South Whitley; Belle (Bennie) Snyder, Fort Wayne; and Diana Kramer, Columbia City; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, William Minnick, Columbia City; and two sisters, Ethel Marie Swaim, Huntington, and Martha Fulk, South Whitley.
Additionally, she was preceded in death by three sons, Max, Jerry, and Rex Easterday; five brothers, Arthur, Charles, Richard, Clarence, Jr. and Donald Minnick, a sister, Evelyn Gardner and two sons-in-law, Gerald Kramer and Roger Kinney.
The funeral service is 1 p.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial is in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Parkview Home Health and Hospice or St Jude Children’s Hospital.