Loretta Marie Messer Franks, age 95 of Lafayette, Indiana, died February 2, 2010. Mrs. Franks was born on November 23, 1914 in Lee County, Virginia to James E. and Myrtle Ann Olinger Messer. She descended from pre-American Revolution ancestors. She grew up in Lee and Wise Counties, Virginia, and married James Wiley Franks on April 1, 1935, and who preceded her in death on January 17, 1995. Mr. & Mrs. Franks farmed in Clinton County Indiana in 1946-1953 and then in Boone County Indiana until 1980, retiring to Leesburg, FL until moving to Lafayette in 1989. Mrs. Franks was a member of the Mothers Study Club for many years, and was an avid seamstress and worked for Adler Dress shop in Lebanon. She attended the Olinger Baptist Church while growing up in Lee County Virginia.
Visitation and Services
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, February 5, 2010 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in Bunnell Cemetery.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Don (Barbara Ann) Stevens of Boonville, MO; Mrs. George “Oak” (Shirley Jane) Martin of West Plains, MO; and Mrs. James W. (Judy Faye) Schmidt of Lafayette; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandsons.
Three sisters, Ora Alder, Evelyn Courtney and Virginia Messer preceded her in death.