Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Frances Alice (Smith) Rodman Blankenbeckley

Frances Alice (Smith) Rodman Blankenbeckley, age 87, of Shelby, died Sunday, February 21, 2016 at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

Frances was born May 1, 1928 in Ganges, Ohio, the daughter of the late Rolly Orlo and Mary Esther (Emminger) Smith. She was a 1946 graduate of Shelby High School. Frances began her working career at Pan American Airlines and spent the majority of her working career (1957-1985) at Shiloh Elementary School as a cook. Frances was a quilter and enjoyed crossword puzzles, Sudoku puzzles, and playing cards. Frances loved her animals and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Shelby.

Frances was a wonderful person with a kind and positive personality. She treated everyone with the upmost respect. When speaking with Frances, you always felt like you were the most important person in her life. She especially loved her grandchildren.

Surviving are her 4 children: Thomas (Linda) Rodman of Ashland, Ned, Jr. (Cynthia) Rodman of Mansfield, Mary (Kenneth) Shade of Zolfo Springs, FL, and Christopher (Cindy) Rodman of Tiro; 7 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 3 step great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Evelyn Gundrum and Eulalia Myers both of Shelby; 2 brothers: Forrest (Betty) Smith of Powell and Merle (Terry) Smith of Shelby; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ned Rodman, in 1977; an infant grandson: Eric Rodman: and 7 brothers: Clifford, Gerald, Virgil, Wilbur, Glenn, Hershel, and Orlo, Jr. Smith.

Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 5-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 10:30 AM. Rev. James MacDonald will officiate and burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Shiloh. Memorial contributions may be made to Shelby First United Methodist Church or Richland County Humane Society.

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  1. Gary Roxann Hess says:

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Yes Francis was a wonderful lady. She was always the same all the time no matter where you saw her. A person always felt comfortable around her. She always had a smile on her face. God Bless

  2. Renee Smith Pharris says:

    Aunt Frances was one of the most positive, upbeat, genuine and happy persons I have known in my life. She always had a smile on her face and always gave me a big long hug whenever I saw her. The Smith Family Reunions will never be the same without her. She looked and asked after all of us cousins that are a bunch of us. This is such a loss for our family! I can’t remember a time I heard her complain about anything – her health or anything, even as it got harder for her to get around. She enjoyed so much the animals she had over the years. She knew and remembered a lot of the history of our Grandparents and I loved listening to her telling the history of the family in stories. I know she is looking down on all of us now and would only want us to be happy. I only can be now because I know she is not in pain and is not suffering. Rest in peace, Aunt Frances, among the other guardian angels in heaven. I miss you so much! I wish one of her hugs to each of the rest of the family…

  3. Kimberly Daron says:

    I remember Mrs. Rodman as my lunch lady at Shiloh Elementary, back in the 70’s! I will never forget her…she was always such a nice lady to all of us! Know that she made an impact on this scared little kid going thru the lunch line. So sorry to hear of her passing!! By the way…I am a lunch lady now.

  4. Jennie Petersen LeMaster says:

    It is with Deepest Sympathy to hear about Frances’s passing. We have her Family in our thoughts and Prayers, during this time of grief. Hold on to the Lord’s promise of Peace, Comfort and Hope. My Mom, Helen (Brown) Petersen and my Aunt Jane (Petersen) Sharpless along with Frances were always together in school, if you seen one, you’d usually see all three. My Mom would talk of her often and fondly. May all her memories help to bring you peace and happiness.

  5. Julie Wells says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember at Shiloh School.

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