Frances Eby

January 8th

Frances R. Eby (Rosabelle Georgina Cohenour)


Born in Tenstrike, Minnesota, on September 23, 1922, and died peacefully in her sleep at home January 8, 2014. She was preceded in death by her Father, Guy Franklin Cohenour, and her Mother, Maude Isabelle Fleischman Cohenour. She had 6 brothers, 4 sisters, 1 half-brother and 1 half-sister. Fran lived in foster homes from age 7 or 8 until age 14. She graduated from high school in 1940. Fran received a scholarship and entered nurses training at St. Lukes Hospital, Duluth, Minnesota in 1940. After graduating as an RN in 1944, Fran signed up for military service, and she was assigned to the 74th Field Hospital, both in Saipan and Okinawa. Fran served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corp, and was discharged at the end of WWII in 1946. She worked in Chicago hospitals thru 1948 then moved to Goshen, Indiana, where she was employed at the “Old Goshen Hospital” on 5th Street for 6 months until she was hired by Dr. Fred Clark and Dr. Robert Craig as their office nurse in Syracuse, Indiana. After working for them for 7 years, she took time out to get married and raise a family. In 1954, she married Clarence Eby. Together they had six children: Alice (Jim) Deich, Ridgefield Park, New Jersey; Curtis Eby, Syracuse, Indiana; Crystal Rogers, Cromwell, Indiana; and Carlton Eby, Charles Eby, and Craig Eby, Kimmell, Indiana. She had 3 grandchildren: Candy (Poe) Hill, Casey Rogers, and Kevin Rogers; 7 great-grandchildren: Christie Swango, Dawn Swango, Hailey Hill, Emma Hill, Alexus Collins, Allyssa Rogers, and Colten Rogers; and 1 great-great grandchild Ingrid Yarelli Lopez. Fran was the first school nurse hired by the Wawasee Community Schools. Four years later, Fran returned to Goshen General Hospital in an administrative position, and having worked there for 26 years, she retired in 1985 due to health problems. Her husband preceded her in death in 2006. She spent her remaining years with her family living with sons Charles and Craig in Kimmell, Indiana. She was a gracious woman and a loving and much-loved mother. Services will be Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm at the Eastlund Funeral Home with calling 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Syracuse Cemetery with full military honors.

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