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Frances R. (Smith) Arnold, daughter of the late Bobbie L. (Barton) Smith and John Rufus Smith, was born March 18, 1924 in Normandy Tennessee. Frances was the eldest of three siblings all preceding her in death; Marion C. (Smith) Lanier, Estel V. (Smith) Reed and John C. Smith. Frances departed this life June 5, 2017 at Community North Hospital Indianapolis following an extended illness.
Frances received her early education at Wartrace Elementary School in Wartrace, Tennessee. Later she completed cosmetology school and became a hair dresser. She also attended Malcolm X College in Chicago, Illinois. At an early age in Tennessee she joined the AME Methodist Church and after moving to Kokomo, she became a member of Wayman Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Frances married Perry Arnold in 1946 and to this union was born two daughters, Delois Ann and the late Carolyn Ruth Arnold. Frances moved to Chicago, Illinoisd and began work as a Chicago Transit operator retiring in 1990 after 14 years of service. Surviving her loss are her daughter Delois A. Pigg, son-in-law James H. Pigg; grandchildren, Jauron Pigg, Tyler Pigg, Tyrone Gentry, Emmit Paige, Kimberly Paige, Yolanda Gentry and Rene Gentry; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be planned at a later date.
Arrangements are entrusted to Bluitt and Son Funeral Home. Condolences online at www.bluittandson.com.
Published on June 8, 2017
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