Emma Jean Shank


Emma Jean (Stephens) Shank, 79, of Franklin, went home to her savior in the arms of her loving husband, Russell E. Shank, on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Homeview Health and Rehabilitation in Franklin.

She was born August 10, 1938 in Sand Springs, Kentucky to Elmer and Beulah (McClure) Stephens.

She married Russell E. Shank on April 17, 1971 at Second Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Franklin; he survives. She had been a bookkeeper for Matlock Ford, Spears Automotive and Dale Cooper.

She was a member of Blue River Baptist Church in Edinburgh.

She enjoyed playing the guitar and performing at various health care facilities and church.

She and her husband enjoyed vacationing in Florida and fishing.

Family was very important to her, and she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her loving husband, Russell E. Shank of Franklin; children, Randy W. Blackwell of Englewood, Florida, Shelia A. Hood (Tom) of Franklin and Dawn Surface (Richard) of Bargersville; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, James Lester Stephens, Charles Stephens, Betty Donoho, Mary Ferrill and Martha Cheek.

Pastor Justin Surface will conduct a service Monday, March 5, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 S. U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin where friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service time Monday at the mortuary. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209-4830; or at www.alz.org/indiana.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

Information: 317-738-0202.