BLUFFTON — Frances Delta Scoles, 105, passed away peacefully of natural causes on December 3, 2018 at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. Frances was born August 12, 1913 in Bluffton to the late Alfred and Adele (Grant) Criblez. On December 6, 1936, she married Guy Scoles who preceded her in death in August of 1982.

Frances graduated from Bluffton High School and attended Bluffton College. She was a homemaker and was a lifetime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bluffton where she was active in the Women’s Groups and was a Sunday School teacher. Frances volunteered many hours at Bluffton Hospital, helped with 4-H Clubs, Cory-Rawson School Booster Clubs and the Parent-Teacher Association. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening and the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Survivors include a daughter, Denise Scoles of Keizer, Oregon; three sons, David (Celia) Scoles of Salem, Oregon, Roger Scoles of Bluffton, Frederick (Lynn) Scoles of Oswego, New York; a daughter-in-law, Lois Jean Scoles of Knoxville, Tennessee; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Rachel Crow of Findlay.

Frances was preceded in death by a son, Franklin Scoles; seven sisters, Blanche Wilkins, Pauline Bosse, Lucille Taylor, Freda Neiswander, Elvena Heldman, Ellen Griffith, Harriette Luginbuhl; and five brothers, Louis, Charlie, Theodore “Ted,” Maurice “Dock” and Robert.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ or the Bluffton Hospital Auxiliary.

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Arrangements have been entrusted with Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.