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“To the family of Fran Heft and on behalf of the 1961 graduating class of WEST HIGH SCHOOL, Columbus, OH, we send our symparhies and condolences in...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Dotti Vance - Columbus, OH

“Our hearts are saddened by the loss of your mother. She was a great woman with many talents and a big heart. She will be missed. Our prayers for...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: GARY & AMY YOST - Westerville, OH

“My heartfelt sympathies go out to family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise found in 1 Thessalonians 4 : 14 can bring...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Brad

“Bill & Fran were one of the most sweetest, kindess people I know,& always involved in the community. My deepest sympathy to the family. ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Diana Kempton-Rhodes - McArthur, OH

“Frank and Billilyn the news of your mothers passing was very sad. Your mom was certainly a great lady. I feel as though I lost a family member. My...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Kelly Doles - Chillicothe, OH

“My condolences to Frank, his family, Fran's family and friends. May you find comfort in knowing she has joined God and other dearly departed loved...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Mike DiBenedetto - Albany, OH

“We are so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working many years with Fran doing the Cap program. I will miss her smiling face, she always had...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Rhonda Nichols - Londonderry, OH

“My sympathy to both Frank and Billilyn and their families. For me right now I am in shock and disbelief. I loved Fran and her family. I loved the...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Hope Ballard - Chillicothe, OH

“I can't even begin to list all the memories! I can still see us hanging on to the poles of a craft tent as the wind lifted us off the ground. Then...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Iris Green - Bradenton, FL

“I knew Fran because of Herb Club. I have one of her baskets that I treasure. I'm shocked to hear of her passing. She was so knowledgeable about...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Donna Wojdacz - Wellston, OH

“My deepest sympathy is with Frank, Billilynn, and your children. I have so many precious memories with your mother from our Floral Arts Society club...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Kathy Cecil - McArthur, OH

“Frank and Billilynn so sorry to read of your moms passing. I have no doubt there is a beautiful reunion in heaven with her and your dad. So many...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Mary "Pierce" Zuber - SC - Friend

“So sorry for your loss.... ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Bob & Tina Dearth - CHILLICOTHE, OH

Frances L. "Fran" Alder, age 73 of McArthur, passed away unexpectedly on August 2, 2017 at Grant Medical Center in Columbus. Born February 14, 1944, Fran was the daughter of Frank and Irene Heft. She is survived by her daughter Billilyn Davidson (Matt) of McArthur; son Frank Alder (Amanda) of McArthur; stepson Dan Alder (Jane) of Athens; grandchildren, Grace, Emma and Asa Davidson, Ella and Joey Clancy, and Kaila Alder along with numerous step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Bill Alder; sisters and brothers-in-law, Emmie and Has Ranney and Betty and Louie Raver and stepson Dick Alder (Anne).
Upon her marriage in 1971, Fran left her job at International Harvester to become a devoted housewife and stay-at-home mom. She spent many years volunteering with the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project and the Allensville Elementary/ Junior High PTO. Fran also served as a 4H advisor and was a member of multiple gardening clubs. Fran also made handcrafted baskets for nearly 25 years and was selected to exhibit her craft at the Ohio State Fair.
Fran was a born-again Christian and attended the Wellston Church of the Nazarene. Fran, a loving and devoted grandmother, never missed an opportunity to cook or buy treats for her grandkids. She also enjoyed growing flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables in her garden; watching Ohio State football; feeding the birds in the winter and crocheting baby hats for the Touching Little Lives organization.
In keeping with Fran's wishes, no calling hours will be observed. A private burial service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to one of Fran's favorite charities, The Tom Fennessey/Mike Harden Back-to-School Project, P.O. Box 12234, Columbus, OH 43212. Arrangements are under the direction of the McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston. Online condolences can be sent to the family at