Frances H. McWilliams
Frances Hoam McWilliams knew to bend the twig of a youth toward Christ if you wanted the tree of that life to point heavenward. She taught Sunday school for decades and was instrumental in organizing children’s ministries in numerous area churches.
Her support of Christian missionaries gave her evangelistic efforts a worldwide scope. Her home was continually open to traveling Christian missionaries, and she hosted the ‘World Gospel Mission’ cottage at Camp Sychar.
Frances was awarded the Crown of Righteousness, as she longed for Christ’s appearing, and her faith became sight Tuesday, August 7, 2012. She was 92.
Born December 19, 1919 in Galion to Ernest and Edna (Cox) Rinehart, she was graduated from Johnsville High School in 1937.
Frances married Ernest L. ‘Ernie’ Hoam on May 29, 1942, and during WWII she worked in the office of HPM in Mt. Gilead. She later worked in the cafeteria of Johnsville Elementary School for ten years.
She had been an active member of Johnsville E.U.B. Church, Pleasant Grove Community Church, and Cornerstone Community Church, organizing children and youth ministries in the churches. She became involved with World Gospel Mission, making trips with them to Argentina and Bolivia, the American SouthWest and Honduras. A lifelong Johnsville area resident, Frances was a member of Elizabeth Bible Class in Johnsville, Mansfield Christian Business Women’s Club; the auxiliary of the Richland Morrow Gideons International, and supervised retreats at Camp McPherson.
Frances loved arts & crafts, painting & needlepoint, and reading Christian literature. She was a true optimist, full of love and was an ardent prayer warrior. She lived a life pointed toward godliness, and exhibited the beautiful and loving fruits of the Spirit.
Family was always a priority to Frances. When her own mother died when Frances was 14, she assumed the role of matriarch, raising her four younger siblings. In adulthood she became a loving mentor to her own children and grandchildren, but also to her siblings and nieces and nephews.
An amazing cook, her specialty was desserts. Her legendary apple pie won the blue ribbon at the Morrow County Fair, and her family well remembers her ‘Red Raspberry Dryer Delight.’
She is survived by her children Carolyn (Daniel) Davis of Fredericktown, June (Chuck) Hagan of Lexington, Gary (Judy) Hoam of Bellville and Don (Nancy) Hoam of Mt. Gilead; grandchildren Laura (Russ) Wangler, Mindy (Gerrit) Pyke, Jim Davis, Alison (Kirk) Nolte, Ashley (Andrew) Thrasher, Nathan (Ellen) Hoam, Sara Hoam, Anna Hoam, Katie Hoam, Denise Crisman and Deanna Hoam; great grandchildren Emily, Tommy, Ella, Natalie, Jonah, Davis, Lincoln, Silas, Elsa, Taylor, Tanner, Takoda, Samantha, Shyla, Hanif and Warren; her sister Evalyn (Claude) Likins of Gambier; and cherished nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ernie Hoam on September 4, 1989 and her second husband Donald McWilliams on April 11, 2002. Also deceased are her sister Esther (Charlie) Lanker and brothers Lowell (Alberta) Rinehart and David (Aldine) Rinehart.
Her family will receive friends Friday, August 10, 2012 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where her home-going service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Her brother-in-law Claude Likins will officiate. Awaiting the Resurrection, her burial will be in Shauck Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory to Gideons International may be made at the funeral home.