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Mary Frances Pugh

Mary Frances Pugh, age 94, of Shelby, died Friday, November 22, 2013 at Med Central Shelby Hospital.

She was born March 17, 1919 in Franklin Township, Richland County, Ohio the daughter of the late Harry W. and Margaret Ruth (Wolford) Pugh. A 1937 graduate of Shiloh High School, Mary Frances was a member of Clay Memorial Lutheran Church. She was a life member of the National Dental Assistant Association and was a trustee of the John Harris Dental Museum in Bainbridge, Ohio.

Mary Frances is survived by a sister-in-law: Annabelle Pugh of Shelby; Many nieces and Nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother: Roger Pugh; and by 2 sisters: Janet Wagner and Evangeline Coleman.

As per her wishes, private funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Carol Kilgore at the Turner Funeral Home in Shelby, with burial in Franklin Cemetery. Memorial expressions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Margie Parsons Earick says:

    so sorry to read of Mary’s passing. my mom and dad were Cliff and Gladys Parsons. we went to clay church for years before we moved to Shelby from Myers Road…….you have my sympathy.

  2. Rebecca Anaya says:

    Aunt Frances, I will miss your phone calls, your support you gave me researching our family tree, your strong will and everything you have done for me since my mother passed. I will always remember our summers on the farm, your homemade pies, going to Cedar Point and Sea World, planning family reunions, sharing memories by looking through photographs and just simply talking. You are forever on my mind. May you rest in peace with your Lord.

  3. Howard & Marlene Cuppy says:

    Very sorry to learn about the passing of Frances. She was a very friendly lady and every time we met her in the stores or on the street, she would stop and chat for a long time. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family and friends. She is in the arms of God now and is at peace. Rest in Peace, Frances.

  4. Sue Frankart says:

    I enjoyed Francis’ company and I’m so glad we got to know her the last years of her life. I spent many many hours talking to her about the Wolford family. She loved her family and loved talking about them. Jason, I would like to talk to you, please call me 419-433-4375. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Thank You.

  5. Ray A. Pugh says:

    Mary Frances, I was honored to have been able to attend 2 Pugh reunion with you and enjoyed every minute, what a lady you where. Rest in Peace from
    your PA cousins.

  6. William Wolford says:

    We wish to extend our Sincere Condolences to all the members of the Harry Pugh family. Mary Frances was a Special Lady.

    William and Lutie Wolford
    The Wolford Family

    (William’s father, Martin Wolford, and Harry Pugh, were first cousins, descendants of David and Leah Kohler Wolford.

  7. Joanna Haslam says:

    Sorry to hear of Mary Francis passing. I had not seen her in a couple years. She was a wonderful women. I enjoyed her company. We are distant cousins. She loved sharing her stories with us which I am so grateful. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Rest in peace your cousin un Galloway, Ohio.

    Joanna (Thomas) Haslam

  8. Mary (Myers) Kuehn says:

    Sorry to hear of Frances’ passing, but she lived a long and contributing life and deserves her reward. I really enjoyed knowing all of Aunt Ruth’s children. As a child I even received many hand-me-down clothes like I was a younger sibling! My sister (Ruth Myers Lantz) got all new stuff when she came along! Our dad (Russell Myers) and The Pugh kids were first cousins. Pugh’s farm was where I first learned about mulberry pies and nail polish. Lots more fun memories – and some painful ones – I didn’t like going to the dentist! Frances’ passing marks the last of Dad’s family of cousins – I think. (?)

  9. Sara Clark says:

    So sorry to hear of Mary Frances’ passing. She was a wonderful lady and good friend. I would enjoy our talks and solving the world’s problems. My love to all the family, Sara Clark

  10. Susan Smith says:

    I will surely miss delivering a meal to my friend each month and the long talks we would have. I will treasure those memories.

    We were thankful to have Mary Frances as a member of our Church (Clay Memorial Lutheran Church). I do envision her having a grand time with her family right now!

  11. tom and charma hamilton says:

    to the family we loved having MARY Francis come visit and enjoyed the garden and we shared good talks. She really enjoyed Raina and Joanthan are great grandchildren’. Stacey enjoyed being with her and she learned from her.

  12. Judy Coleman Rigney says:

    Aunt Frances, just want you to know that you will be missed. I have been thinking of all the good times we had when I was growing up. The trip to the Worlds Fair, going to Cedar Point, going to the apple orchard and the Amish Store. I could go on and on. I remember getting in trouble for walking in the pasture down to the river. How was I to know there was a bull out there. I guess that was the city girl in me. Thank you for everything you did for me and Thank you to everyone who cared for my Aunt these past few years as I really do appreciate it. Go with God Aunt Frances

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