ORLEANS Frances Mae Tharpe, 84, Orleans, passed away at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 29, 2010, at Bloomington Hospital.
Born August 21, 1926, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of John F. and Orpha B. (Abney) White. She was married to Luther E. Tharpe January 19, 1942 and he preceded her in death September 29, 1976.
She was a homemaker, nurse’s aide, and a member of the Church of the First Born. She enjoyed children, church, and going out to eat.
Surviving: daughters, Rita J. Babbs, Gosport
Ruby Charlene Lester, Absarokee, Montana
Doris Anne Davis, Spencer
Kay Frances Griffith, Orleans
Vetty Marie Shelton, Lafayette
foster children, Jimmy Burke, Morgantown
Jeanne Langley, Clay City
sisters, Stella L. Ferguson, Sentinil, OK
Mary Day, West Baden
Darlene Stout, West Baden
brothers, Billy F. White, West Baden
Howard Ray White, West Baden
43 great grandchildren
6 great great grandchildren
Her parents; husband; daughter, Rachelle J. Brooks; sons, John E. Tharpe and Luke E. Tharpe; sisters, Betty Jean White, Ruby W. Langley, and Dorothy May White; and brothers, Millard Fowler White and John D. White, preceded her in death.
Funeral service will be at 3:00 p.m. Friday, October 1, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home with Brother Stan White officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Horeb Cemetery.
Friends may call from 1:30 p.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.