Frances Ellen Gaines

September 30, 1939 ‒ May 02, 2016

Marion, Ohio

Frances E. Gaines, age 76 of Marion, went home to greet our Lord on Monday May 2, 2016 after her nearly three year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Frances was born the youngest of three children in Oak Hill, Ohio to the late  Earl Francis Heading and Thelma Marie (Kelley) Hogan on September 30, 1939. She later moved to Marion and has resided here for most of her life.

As a single mother, Frances kept active with her children’s lives by involving herself in Girl Scouts, PTA and was an American Heart Association volunteer. A caring mother, she enjoyed roller skating with her daughters and nieces and she loved taking them to Cedar Point every summer. In 2014, at the age of 74, her love for roller coasters led her to ride “Diamondback” at Kings Island with her three grandsons Seth, Trent, and “J” not once, but twice!

She worked as a nurse’s aide for Marion General Hospital (2 South) for many years as well as working for Marion County Home Health Agency where she touched many lives. She became a member of the St. Mary Parish, Marion in 1990. She enjoyed shopping and bargain hunting, camping, traveling, vacationing at the beach, swimming, roller coasters, reading, gardening, and listening to gospel music or watching EWTN and other gospel programs on TV, as well as spending time with her family.

To Fran, her family was cherished above all else. Her greatest joy and happiness was realized when she was surrounded by her small but tight knit family. There is no greater comfort than that of her family and her faith in God.

Those who remain to cherish her memory include her two daughters: Christine L. (Jackson) Romine, of Bucyrus and Kimberly K. (Jackson) Reece and her husband Stephen Reece of Marion; she was blessed with six grandchildren: Jesse A. Thacker, Jr., Sandra K. Draper, Seth G. and Trent M. Reece, Jeremiah and Jayden Gaines, and 5 great-grandchildren; she has one sister, Mary L. Jonas of Florida as well as several nieces and nephews and a host of friends and caregivers.

Frances is preceded in death by daughter Cynthia L. Jackson, son Robert A. “Bobby” Gaines, and her brother Gerald S. Heading.

The family will receive friends at the Gunder/Hall & Snyder Funeral Home, 347 West Center St. Marion, on Sunday May 8, 2016 from 2PM to 4PM; A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 North Main St., Marion at 10AM with Fr. Thomas Buffer officiating; Interment will follow at Chapel Heights Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the ALS Association Chapter of Central Ohio, St. Vincent DePaul or the Knights of Columbus Wake Fund.

The Gunder/Hall & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Gaines family and condolences may be expressed to the family at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.
    This verse has comforted me and given peace to my soul when I reflect what a reunion is taking place in Paradise! May the Lord grant peace and comfort to guide the family through the grief. Sincere condolences,
    Love Tom

  • Thomas A. Longacre says:

    May 4, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.
    This verse has comforted me and given peace to my soul when I reflect what a reunion is taking place in Paradise! May the Lord grant peace and comfort to guide the family through the grief. Sincere condolences,
    Love Tom

  • Our sympathy and prayers for comfort and peace How could anyone say anything more than what Tom Longacre said to you. Beautiful. We love you, Dan, Judy and Carson

  • Your mom was a great care giver. She was a favorite of our family when she took care of my grandparents.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you all always. May God grant you peace and comfort. Love always, The Eblins.

  • How sad it is the passing of my Aunt Fran. When my Aunt & Uncle moved to the new house it was great to spend summer vacations in Marion. How cool was it to be the RED house right across the street from the POOL!!! Best summer vacations for me and my sisters.

    I was fortunate to be with her this pass summer to reminiscence and laugh. After shedding many tears I told her I’d see her this summer and her written response was “Probably not”. My last words to her were, “No matter where you are I’ll visit”. That put a big smile on her face and she sent me on my way with a bag of goodies for the road.
    To my cousins Chris & Kim and their family’s we wish you all the best in this difficult time and we’ll see you in a few weeks.

    Dee