Frances “Fran” M. Grant departed this life and transitioned into the presence of the Lord on Friday, October 23, 2020.
Born on April 27, 1935 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was the daughter of the late Marie Gill and Edward Branham. She moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana with her family at an early age.
Community involvement was one of the keys to Fran’s personality as she was quite active.
She accepted Christ at an early age and was always active in God’s house wherever she resided. She was a faithful member of Greater Progressive Baptist Church where she served for many years as leader of the Greeters and Announcement Ministries which she often praised and loved very much. Formerly, she served as Vice President and Program Director of the MLK Club for several years.
After employment with Lincoln Life Insurance Co., she spent 14 years of her career in broadcasting as the first African-American female TV personality at WPTA Channel 21 in Fort Wayne as a reporter and host of her own show, “Fran Walker Show.” She then relocated and continued in broadcasting and held the same positions at WCMH Channel 4 in Columbus, Ohio. Later she retired as Youth Service Coordinator from the State of Ohio, and moved back to Fort Wayne, Indiana to be near family.
She leaves to cherish her memory daughter, Debra Taylor; grandson, Damon Taylor; brother-in-law, Edward (Delores) Tharp, Jr.; four great grandchildren, Davon Taylor, Emani Green, Kamari Taylor and Elaina Taylor; three step great-grandchildren; special cousin, Betty Phillips; close relatives and friends, including special friend, Velma Goree and church family.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Marie Gill; stepfather, Willie Gill; and father, Edward Branham.
Burial in Highland Park Cemetery.
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