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Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Mary Frances Skelton, 93, of Indianapolis and formerly of Clay County, died Monday evening in the St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis.

Born in Dick Johnson Township, she was the daughter of the late John Henry Sampson, Sr. and the late Frances (Houk) Sampson.

After graduating from Brazil High School in 1928, she received her Masters Degree from Indiana State University.

She married Raymond Skelton on May 23, 1937. They lived and worked on their dairy farm which was located about three miles south of Knightsville. Early in her marriage when her home burned, she worked for awhile at Clay County Hospital. She was a teacher in the Clay County Schools for 41 years. She taught first through eighth grades and retired in 1976.

She was a member of the Union United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School classes and was active in the Women's Circle. She was a member of Kappa Delta Gamma.

She was preceded in death by by her husband, brother, John H. Sampson, Jr., and a baby daughter, Patricia Rae Skelton.

She is survived by two daughters: Mary C. Skelton and Lucy R. Skelton both of Indianapolis, two sisters: Ruth and husband Ray Carter of Brazil, Jennie and husband Verne King of Clarinda, Iowa and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Friday from 4 to 8 pm at Moore Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Moore Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery, Terre Haute.