Frances J. Rappard, 67, Overbrook: Oct. 31, 1948 – March 28, 2016

033016-rappardOVERBROOK – Frances J. Rappard, 67, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away on March 28, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, Kan. She was born Oct. 31, 1948, in Abilene, Texas, the daughter of Carl Scott and Lottie E. (South) Scott.

Fran grew up in Abilene and graduated from Cooper High School, at Abilene, with the class of 1967. While in high school, Frances was a member of the Class 4A 1966 and 1967 Texas state champion volleyball teams at Cooper. She was also named to the all-state volleyball teams both years.

On Sept. 29, 1968, Fran was united in marriage with Charles Rappard, at the Worden Methodist Church, Worden, Kan. They shared more than 47 years of loving marriage.

After her marriage, Fran moved to Topeka, Kan., and then to Overbrook in 1976. She spent her professional career in the healthcare industry. She began first as an EMT, then became an EMTI, and eventually trained and was a surgical technologist at Stormont Vail Hospital, in Topeka. She also worked at Lawrence Surgery Center for several years until in 1999, when she attained her registered nursing degree. As a RN she worked at Tallgrass Surgery Center, Topeka, and then the heart room at Stormont-Vail until she retired in 2009.

In December 1973, Fran accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior at South Knollwood Baptist Church, Topeka. She was also a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Ottawa, Kan. While there she was very active in Awana. She was most currently a member of the Grace Community Church, Overbrook, where she was active in the Pioneer Club, and served as a former youth leader and adult ladies Sunday school leader. In 1999, she became a member of the Gideons and spent many of her free hours passing out Bibles and giving out devotionals wherever she could. She was dedicated to spreading the word of Jesus.

She was also a loving mother and grandmother. She was always available to spend time with the grandchildren and especially loved to bake with them. Her family was her greatest source of pride and happiness.

Fran is survived by her husband, Charles, of their home; four children, Charlie Rappard, Aurora, Colo., Laura Roberts and her husband, Hal, Olathe, Kan., Sarah Rogers and her husband, Tom, Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Andy Rappard and his wife, Melanie, Springfield, Mo.; two brothers, Earnie Scott and his wife, Sandy, and Jerry Scott and his wife, Donna, all of Abilene; five grandchildren, Gideon Roberts, Micah Roberts, Rinnah Roberts, Jeremy Rogers and Archie Rogers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Merrill Scott and Grady Scott.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, April 1, at Grace Community Church, Overbrook. Burial will follow at Worden Cemetery. Family will greet friends for a visitation 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the church.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Gideons International or Midland Hospice, sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com.

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