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Obituary: Frances Lorene McCain Turpen, Bedford

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Frances Lorene McCain Turpen, 96, of Bedford, died at 12:25 a.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bedford, IN.

Born July 6, 1916, in Lawrence County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Clarence and Pearl (Peyton) McCain. She married Earl E. Turpen May 24, 1935, in Brownstown, Indiana, and he preceded her in death in 1979.

Frances was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles. She was known for creating beautiful quilts for her family and others. She attended Dive Christian Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Ardus L. Smith, Columbus, IN; grandchildren, Gary David Smith of Versailles, IN, Gregory (Rosemary) Smith of Madison, TN, Melani Smith-Weed of Franklin, TN, Michelle M. Smith of Bozeman, MT, Kimberly Turpen Greenlee of Columbus, GA, Anthony Turpen of Indianapolis, IN, and Ayrika Turpen Williams of Peoria, AZ; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Reynolds and Barbara (Jack) Payton, both of Bedford, IN; and two brothers, Robert (Bonnie) McCain of Bedford, IN, and Kenneth (Wanetta) McCain of Elizabethtown, IN.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Jerry Lee Turpen in 1980; sisters, Ruth Rainey and Marie Jackson; brothers, Ernest McCain and Paul McCain; and a son-in-law, Herman J. Smith.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 25, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford, IN. Friends may call  Friday from 4:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vista Care Hospice, The Salvation Army, or L.I.F.E. Food Pantry.

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