Frances Nelson

Frances Nelson

Frances “Fran” (Rummell) Nelson, 83, of Ephrata, formerly of Apollo, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, while at Keystone Villas, Ephrata.

The daughter of Margaret (Potts) Hagerty and Ansley Rummell, she was born 1936, in Washington Township, Indiana County.

Fran retired from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she was employed in the food service department. Her interests included gardening, reading, and collecting tea pots and tea cups. Fran found pleasure from traveling and spending time at the beach and especially spending time at her daughter’s farm in the mountains, which she and her husband dubbed the “Ponderosa.” Fran loved spending time with her grandsons and their families.

Surviving are her daughter, Debra “Caylor” Popolis and her husband, Steve, of Ephrata; two grandsons, Jeremy Popolis and his wife, Chaleace, of Denver, Pa., and Justin Popolis and his wife, Shannon, of Akron, Pa.; seven great-grandchildren: Bryce, Ethan, Brynne, Hannah, Talen, Hunter and Breck; and a sister, Agnes Wells, Home.

Preceding Fran in death were her parents; her husband, James “Pork Chop” Nelson; and a brother, Alvin “Buddy” Rummell.

Friends will be received on Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home, Indiana.

A funeral service will immediately follow in the Lefdahl Chapel with the Rev. Micah McMillen, officiating.

Interment in the Concord Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Dayton, will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Leukemia Society.