Lois E. "Betty" Franks

Birth Date: 
Wednesday, January 22, 1919
Date of Passing: 
Thursday, April 6, 2017

WOOSTER – Lois E. “Betty” Franks, 98, of Wooster passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at her home.

She was born January 22, 1919 in Wooster, the daughter of Ross O. and Matilda Huebner Warner.  She married Elmer “Bill” Franks on December 5, 1944.  He preceded her in death on February 15, 2002.

Betty was a 1936 graduate of Wooster High School.  She was a very active fifth generation member of the Oak Chapel United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.  She was a member of the Valley College Grange and the Lois Club and was a “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II.

She enjoyed gardening, plants, cooking, and was the buyer for the Grange Dining Hall at the Wayne County Fair.

She is survived by her children, Edward (Susan) Franks and Paul (Rochelle) Franks, both of Columbus, Elizabeth (Ken) Bower and Miriam (Dave) Zech, both of Wooster; grandchildren, James Franks, Kathryn Franks, Alyssa (Dan) Nugent, Angie (Justin) Aikens, Eric (Michelle) Bower, Lisa Renker and Ted Zech; great-grandchildren, Brianna, Abby, Aaron, Zack and Liam.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ross O. Warner, Jr. and a sister, Dorothy J. Franks.

Friends will be received at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 6-8:00 p.m.

Services will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Oak Chapel United Methodist Church, 4203 W. Old Lincoln Way, Wooster with Reverends Chris Statz and Robin Dillon officiating.  Private family burial will be held.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Oak Chapel United Methodist Church or LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.

Memorial Contributions: 

Oak Chapel United Methodist Church, 4203 W. Old Lincoln Way, Wooster, OH 44691 or LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691


Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home


Monday, April 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Oak Chapel United Methodist Church, 4203 W. Old Lincoln Way, Wooster


Betty was such a hard worker. I always enjoyed her so much. I loved her stories. Our deepest sympathy to her family.

Was so hoping she would make 100..so sorry..

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." Betty was a great friend of my family and a cousin to my father. She had a great wit, quick smile and warm heart. I was pleased to have seen her one last time a few months ago. Our little neighborhood surrounding Oak Chapel has produced some wonderful people that made a difference in many lives. None more than the great and faithful servant, Betty! Be sure and say hi to my folks as well as Fuddy! RIP.

Dear Frank and Family,I'm sorry to hear about your Mom passing away. She lived such alife. May God surround you and your family with angel wings for as long as you each take time to grieve.

Most Sincerely,
Your WHS Classmate of 1970,
Peggy Flack Ake

Betsy ... My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Linda Hider

Your mother (grandmother, etc.) brightened many lives with her servant heart, quick wit and hospitality during her lifetime. I'm blessed that mine was one of them and very sorry for your loss. May you know God's Peace that passes all understanding as you celebrate her life.

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