Death Notices

September 25, 2012

Melissa Robbins Rausch, 52

Melissa Robbins Rausch, 52, of Gulfport, MS. died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at her residence. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, in Zoar Cemetery, Coal Grove, Ohio. There will be no public visitation.

Judy Swords, 70

Judy Ann Swords, 70, of Portsmouth, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at her residence. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at Melcher Funeral Home in Portsmouth with Lester Vest officiating. Friends may call at Melcher Funeral Home one hour before the service.

Mary Preble Skidmore, 47

Mary “Kathy” Preble Skidmore, 47, of Garrison, Ky., died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va. Funeral arrangements are pending at Globe Family Funeral Chapel in Garrison, Ky. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.globefc.com.

Robert Francis, 81

Robert L. Francis, 81, formerly of 322 West Madison Street, and a resident of Otterbein Saint Mary’s Retirement Community, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Lima Memorial Hospital, Lima, Ohio. Funeral service will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at the Miller Funeral Home in Saint Mary’s, Ohio. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Arthur Grooms, 90

Arthur Grooms, 90, of West Union, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at the Eagle Creek Nursing Center. Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Thompson-Meeker Funeral Home in West Union. Interment will follow in West Union Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.