Frances Nicodemus, 88

E. Frances Nicodemus, 88, of rural Columbia City, died at 10:25 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012, at her home.She was born Sept. 3, 1923, in Laud, a daughter of William and Ethel Mae (Bittner) Hollenbaugh. Her formative years were spent in Washington Township.On Dec. 25, 1941, she was united in marriage to Keith V. Nicodemus. Shortly after marriage, they made their home in Columbia City and then Union Township. In 1946, they moved to a farm near Laud until March 1948, when they moved to Etna Troy Township. In December 1950, they moved to Thorncreek Township until 1971, when they moved to Richland Township. In September 1992, they moved to their present home.She was employed as a bookkeeper at Schultz for a year and a clerk at the Columbia City License Branch for 20 years.A lifelong member of Laud Christian Church, she was a 4-H leader for eight years.Surviving relatives include her husband, Keith; four children, Gene Nicodemus of Columbia City, William Dean Nicodemus of Columbia City, Janet (Bruce) Johnson of Churubusco and Charlotte Barnett of Roswell, N.M.; 19 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister, Garland Hollenbaugh, Paul Hollenbaugh, Helen Emery and Earnest Hollenbaugh.The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.Preferred memorials are to Laud Christian Church,Whitley County Senior Center or Parkview Home Health & Hospice.Condolences may be sent to