Frances True Short, age 91, Harrodsburg, daughter of the late John D. Short Sr. and Stella VanDyke (Alamandus ‘Bud’) Brown died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at “The Willows” in Harrodsburg. Born March 30, 1929 in Harrodsburg, she was a 1947 graduate of West Side High School and a 1948 graduate of Western Kentucky Vocational Training Center, where she received a certificate in Cosmetology. For 20 years, she was the owner/operator of Frances’ Beauty Salon. For 19 years, she was an employee of the Eaton, Signet and Modine factories in Harrodsburg, retiring as a receiving inspector. She was active in the community, serving as the first African American Girl Scout Leader (Troop 100), a member of the Mercer County Red Cross Board of Directors, and member of the former Citizen’s Advisory Committee. She was a former member of the Fort Harrod B&PW and for many years, served as member and president of the West Side School Reunion Committee. An accomplished artist, she loved to read, work puzzles, crochet, and bake. She was also a small animal lover, especially of cats. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Harrodsburg, where she had served as Sunday School Teacher, B.T.U. Director, Youth Advisor, and Financial Secretary. At the time of her death, she was recognized as “Church Mother” for being the oldest female member
Survivors include: one daughter, Lolita Short and one son, Christopher (Penny) Short, both of Harrodsburg; two step grandchildren LaChrista Ellis of Harrodsburg and Christopher (Danielle) Simpson of Elizabethtown; one niece, Barbara (Larry) Hudson of Lawrenceburg, one nephew Elder J.D. (Aubrey) Short III of Louisville; four step great grandchildren and a host of cousins, great nieces and nephews, and friends. Other than her parents, Frances was preceded in death by two brothers, an infant named James and John D. Short, Jr., and by one sister Bessie Short Easterling.
Visitation will be Friday, December 18, 2020 from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm at First Baptist Church on Broadway in Harrodsburg.
A Private Family Funeral service will be conducted 1:30 pm, Friday, December 18, 2020 at First Baptist Church by Pastor Virgil A. Hill. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or to the Mercer County Public Library Children’s Department.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.simsfuneralservices.com.
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