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Obituary: Frances “Fran” Bratcher, Paris Crossing


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Frances “Fran” Bratcher, 78, of Seymour, Indiana, passed away at 8 a.m. Sunday, August 31, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Fran was born April 21, 1936, in Scott County, Indiana, the daughter of Willie and Josie McIntosh. She married Thomas Bratcher March 11, 1961, at Coffee Creek Christian Church in Paris Crossing, Indiana. He survives.

Fran worked for the Gerwin Shoe Factory in Seymour, Indiana, for 15 years. She was a member of First Christian Church in North Vernon, Indiana, and formerly taught Sunday school for more than 20 years at Coffee Creek Christian Church. She attended Marion High School and Paris Crossing High School. She enjoyed making crafts and flowers and loved Jesus and spending time with family and her great-grandson, Blaise. She was known as "the kindest and most loving person you will ever know.”

Surviving with her husband, Thomas Bratcher, are two sons, Anthony Bratcher and James Bratcher, both of Seymour, Indiana; five brothers, Eugene (Joyce) McIntosh, Jack (Nancy) McIntosh, David (Sandy) McIntosh and Steve (Gail) McIntosh, all of Paris Crossing, Indiana, and Curtis (Karen) McIntosh of Brown County, Indiana; six sisters, Henrietta Mettler of Elizabethtown, Indiana, Birdie Adams of Dupont, Indiana, Ileen Wetzel of Seymour, Indiana, Edna Rockey and Wanda (Mike) Sullivan, both of North Vernon, Indiana, and Judy Baker of Seymour, Indiana; three grandchildren, Benjamin Bratcher of North Vernon, Indiana, Ashley Bratcher of Seymour, Indiana, and Ryder Humphrey of Brownstown, Indiana; and one great-grandson, Blaise McClune of Seymour, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Patricia Kramer.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 5, 2014, at First Christian Church in North Vernon, Indiana. Friends may call at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon, Indiana, on Thursday, September 4, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Burial will be in the Coffee Creek Christian Church Cemetery in Paris Crossing, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the donor’s choice of charities.

You are welcome to leave the family a message of condolence at www.dovesharprudicel.com.

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