Mary Frances Shotts, 78, Fort Scott, Kan., passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, at her home in Fort Scott following a lengthy illness.
She was born on July 5, 1931 in Stampers Creek, Ind., to Roy VanMeter and Mary Iva Fluhr VanMeter.
She married Thomas Jefferson Shotts on March 6, 1951, in Floyd County, Ind., and he preceded her in death in November 1991.
Mary grew up in Indiana and went to school there. She came to Nevada, Mo., in 1975.
Mary worked in the medical profession all her life. She was an LPN and worked at Nevada State Hospital from 1975-1995 until her retirement.
Survivors include her children, Mary K. Jones and her husband Herb, Nevada, Mo.; Carol S. Wilson and her husband James, Nevada, Mo.; Ruth A. Ecrement and her husband Jerry, Frontenac, Kan.; John F. Shotts, Sr. and his wife Denise, Fort Scott; and Linda C. Ayers and her husband Rick, Nevada Mo.; 93 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, two sisters, Loretta S. Rife, New Albany, Ind.; and Patsy A. Ramey, Fort Scott and one brother, Robert E. VanMeter of Florida.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Eddie J. Shotts, one brother, Roy H. VanMeter, one sister, Clara Rose VanMeter, and two grandchildren, Catherine King and Kelly Master.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, Mo.
Interment will follow in Moore Cemetery, Nevada, Mo.
Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.
Those who wish to may contribute to Women's Ministry of Nevada Assembly of God c/o Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, Mo.
Obituary may be viewed and online condolences can be sent at www.ferryfuneralhome.com