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11/20/2012 8:00:00 AM
Frances James Miller
Sept. 19, 1932 - Nov. 17, 2012
Frances Miller
Frances Miller

Mrs. Frances James Miller, 80, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 4:12 a.m. Nov. 17, 2012, at Logansport Memorial Hospital, Logansport.

Frances was born on Sept. 19, 1932, in Salyersville, Ky., the loving daughter of Ottis and Revia Arnett Bailey. Growing up, she shared her childhood with two sisters, Versie and Lonia and four brothers, Junior, Claud, Jason and Austin.

On April 13, 1950 in Rensselear, Frances and Lawrence E. James were married. Together, they brought into the world  four wonderful children, Barbara, Cheryl, Carolyn and Larry. Over the years, the family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 

Frances was a loyal and devoted member of the Safe Harbor Church. She was also a member of the Eagles and V.F.W. ladies auxiliaries and the Nyona - South Mud Lake Association. With many of these clubs, she practiced her skills of bingo, euchre and dimes. Some will remember her as one of the queen pins at the bowling alley in Logansport.

An extraordinary baker, Frances is best remembered for her delectable pie creations. Always made with perfection, no recipe with a pinch of this and a dash of that, grandma baked apple, lemon meringue, sugar cream, coconut cream and chocolate cream pies to satisfy even the most discriminating taste. At the holidays and special family celebrations, Frances was at home like a busy bee preparing favorite dishes like crispy fried chicken or homemade chicken and ultra thin noodles. Her biscuits and creamy gravy was the best.

As the matriarch of four generations, grandma Frances was always in the thick of things when it came to the grandchildren. As their number one cheerleader, she could be cheering wildly for the James men of the mats, court side for the Easterday kids basketball games or at the ball diamonds and school music programs. She also had great affections for the Rochester High School life skills class, for which she was a big supporter and frequent visitor.

Frances is lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Barbara Foster and husband Steve, of Rochester, Carolyn Marquart and husband Rex, of New Paris, and Cheryl Jennings and husband Brian, of Plymouth; one son, Larry James and wife Mary, of Kewanna; 11 grandchildren, Steven Jr. and Dustin Foster, Jason and Tracy Shafer, Marli Marquart Didaleuski, Jenna Ruff, Brent Easterday, Alexis Jennings, Shannon, Garrett and Branden James, and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Versie Miller, of Nyona Lake; three brothers, Elwood "Junior" Bailey and wife Jane, of Monticello, Claude Bailey and wife Rita, of Logansport, and Jason Bailey and wife Lois, of DeMotte.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Lawrence on May 31, 2007, one great-granddaughter, Adelyn Marie Foster; one sister, Lonie Miller; and one brother, Austin Bailey.

A celebration of the life of Mrs. Frances James Miller is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 at the Good Family Funeral Home with Pastor Daniel Davidson officiating. Friends may visit with her family from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and an hour prior to her services.

Memorials may be made to the Rochester High School life skills class or the Safe Harbor Church.

You may wish to sign her guestbook or light a candle to honor her memory at

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Article comment by: Janet Dills

Only one life will Soon be past, only whats done for Christ will last. We have All heard this a dozens if not thousnads of times. But it seems this Lady got it! She has left a legacy for her kids, grandkids and greatgrandkids, not to speak of other kids at that School. She will leave an empty spot, but I am sure Frances would want one of these or All of them to fill that spot and walk with her favorit friend, Jesus.

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