Frances M. Luther, 88 of Hesston, died April 9, 2014, at Schowalter Villa.
She was born on May 20, 1925, to William and Anna (Bechler) Birky
near Minier, Ill., and grew up near Kouts, Ind.
She married Charles Walter (Walt) Whitmer of Carlock, Ill., on June 17, 1950, and they lived in Illinois and Colorado.
He died Oct. 3, 1968, after which she moved back to Morgan Township near Kouts, Ind.
On Aug.11, 1974, she married Martin R. Luther, and lived with him in Florida and Arizona, before they moved back to Kouts, in 1996.
He died on Feb. 17, 1999.
Since the death of Fran’s second husband she moved to Wakarusa, Indiana, then to the Newton/Hesston area.
Fran was a homemaker and also did the bookkeeping for the business that she and her first husband owned in Colorado. She was a member of Hopewell
Mennonite Church in Kouts, Ind.; Glenwood Springs Mennonite Church in Glenwood Springs, Col.; Ashton Mennonite Church of Sarasota, Fla.; Sunnyslope
Mennonite Church of Glendale, Ariz.; Open Door Fellowship of Kouts, Ind.; and
Holdeman Mennonite Church of Wakarusa, Ind.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husbands C. Walter Whitmer and Martin R. Luther; a son, Gerald Whitmer; three brothers, Thomas, Ray and Lee Birky; two sisters, Bonita Schrag and Margaret Bless; and stepson, Fred Luther.
Frances is survived by two daughters, Virginia (Lowell) Nunemaker of Wakarusa,
Ind. and Karen (Ron) Bachman of Newton; one son, Lyle (Cindy) Whitmer
of Fairbanks, Ala.; two sisters Barbara Hartzler of Cable, Oh., and Vera Urschel of Lake City, Fla.; one brother, James (Erma) Birky, of Greentown, Ind.; four step-children, Betty Jennings, Richard (Marlene) Luther, Vera Kirby and Gene (Bev) Luther, all of Ohio; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held on Monday, April 14, at Open Door Fellowship, Kouts, Ind. with Pastor Bj Leichty, of the Holdeman Mennonite Church of Wakarusa officiating.
Burial was at the Hopewell Cemetery, Kouts, Indiana.