Frances Mae “Pud” Farst

May 04, 1928 ‒ December 02, 2006

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Frances Mae “Pud” Farst, 78, of State Route 97 East, Bellville, died Saturday evening December 2, 2006 in the emergency room of MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a short illness.

No longer in her earthly tent, Pud is absent from the body, and present with the Lord, who has built for her an eternal home in heaven (II Cor. 5).

She was born May 4, 1928 near Bellville to Frederick and Mae Ella (Kilgore) Reynolds, and remained a lifelong area resident.

A homemaker, Pud patterned her life after her mother…and attained her life’s goal to serve her family as a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.

A genuine “people person,” Pud focused on the needs of others: young and old alike. As a Gray Lady in Bellville Elementary School, children would feign sickness, just to spend time with her. And at home, her kitchen was alive with the smells of a caldron of soup she was cooking to take to a shut-in who was ill. Pud was often first in line to love those otherwise labeled “unlovable.”

She was a faithful and loyal member of New Life Church of Christ (formerly Bellville Church of Christ), where she formerly served the congregation with a servant’s heart in the kitchen, nursery, on youth committee and as a greeter through the years.

Though she was always busy giving of her time and talents, family came first. Things were never too hectic but what Pud couldn’t find time to color with the grandkids, or play several rounds of Old Maid or Go-Fish.

She always kept the home fires burning; lunch and dinner were prompt, even if certain foods were burnt. She had an ornery streak, and could sure dish out the teasing.

Pud will be most remembered for her loving kindness ~ for her heart so big to include so many ~ and for her ability to make each person feel special.

She leaves a clear legacy of Christian faithfulness, through her lifelong devotion to her Savior, as well as her history of leading others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

She is survived by her husband Donald Farst, whom she married August 7, 1944; two daughters and sons-in-law Becky and Tom Frazier of Mentor and Diane and Steve Chamberlain of Bellville; her son Dallas Farst of Lexington; 11 grandchildren and their spouses Troy and Michelle Frazier, Chad and Kristian Frazier and Tonya and Brian Ferritto all of Mentor, Cassandra and Christopher Sager of Mount Vernon, Tony Farst of Butler, Austin Farst of Lucas, Heidi and Matt Martin of Bellville, April and Darryl Manley of Wooster, Crystal and Eric Shultz of Butler, Katie Chamberlain and Jenna Chamberlain both of Bellville; 16 great grandchildren; a sister Madeline Sohl of Bellville; eight sisters-in-law; four brothers-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother Joseph Reynolds.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, December 5, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. The worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Pud Farst, will be held Wednesday at 10:30 am in New Life Church of Christ, 195 West Durbin Avenue. Pastors Steve Kistler and Dan Noe will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Jefferson Township-Bellville Rescue Squad may be made at the funeral home.

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