VRANES, GRACE LOUISE (FRANCIS), age 97, a recent resident of Transitional Care Center at Morning View Village, Maryville, Tennessee, passed away on August 17, 2021.Grace was born March 19,1924 in Wade, Ohio and resided in Midland, Pennsylvania until 1982 when she moved with her husband to Maryville, Tennessee. In September 2014, Grace moved to Knoxville, Tennessee and resided at Morning Pointe Assisted Living and then to The Lantern Memory Care facility of Morning Pointe, Knoxville, Tennessee. She was recently moved to Morning View Transitional Care, Maryville, Tennessee for skilled nursing care until her passing. Grace is preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Milan; parents, William Calvin and Isa Nellie (Kiggans) Francis, Wellsville, Ohio; Brother Lawrence V. Francis, Ellwood City, Pennsylvania; and a sister, Margie Virginia Estelline Dingess, Wellsville, Ohio; Grace was orphaned at the age of 4 with her siblings and was raised by her maternal grandmother, Laura Scott Kiggans, Wellsville, Ohio until her passing in July, 1941; also preceding Grace was a daughter-in-law, Patty Ann Vranes, Louisville, Tennessee. Grace is survived by her loving son and daughter-in-law, Rudy Vranes and Martha A. McGrail, Louisville, Tennessee; daughter and son-in-law, Melva and Ron Skinner, Gainesville, Virginia; sister-in-law, Kathryn Francis, Ellwood City, PA; (5) grand-children, (2) step grandchildren (17) great grand-children, (5) step great grand-children, and many nieces and nephews. A special note of appreciation to The Lantern Memory Care Facility of Morning Pointe, Knoxville, Tennessee and Blount Memorial Hospice, Maryville, Tennessee for their comfort and care. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Tennessee Inc., East TN Office, 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 or a charity of your choice. The family has requested a private grave side burial for family members only. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com
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