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Purnia Francis dies in Indiana




Purnia M. Francis, 88, of Versailles, Ind., died January 9 at King’s Daughters Hospital in Madison, Ind.

Born in Whitesburg, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Maude Taylor Sergent. She was the widow of John Francis, and the sister of the late Benton Sergent, Andrew Sergent, Paris Sergent, and Alida Fields.

Mrs. Francis was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church where she participated in the Ruth Browne Circle. She was also a member of the Lamplighters Home Economics Club, and was a volunteer with the Ripley County Chapter of the Red Cross and the American Heart Association.

Surviving are a son, Fred Francis and wife Candy, Elizabethtown, Ind.; two daughters, Hazel Lemen and husband Dennis, Zionsville, Ind., and Nancy Crocker and husband Lee, Waverly, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Natalie Gilpin and husband Jerry, Versailles, Ind.; Christopher Crocker, Columbus, Ohio; Elizabeth Crocker, Waverly, Ohio; Nicholas Lemen and wife Amy, Indianapolis, Ind.; Jeff Lemen, Palm Desert, Calif.; and Tony Francis and Kylie Francis, both of Elizabethtown, Ind.; four great-grandchildren; a great- great-grandchild; a brother, Willis Sergent, Paris Crossing, Ind.; and a sister, Mattie Bates, Sellersburg, Ind.

Funeral services were held at the Versailles Baptist Church. Burial was in the Grandview Memorial Garden at Madison, Ind.


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