Frances I. (Gross) Eby, 86, a resident of Fort Wayne and widow of James L. Eby, passed away at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Grey Stone Health & Rehab Center with her family by her side. \nFrances was born in Eel River Township on March 6, 1929, a daughter of Jasper and Laura (Longsworth) Gross. She spent her formative years in rural Allen County and graduated from Arcola High School in 1947.\nOn August 14, 1948 she was married in Churubusco to James L. Eby, and was a lifelong resident of Allen County. She had worked at the former Patterson Fletcher Department Store in Fort Wayne and later in the cafeteria at Huntertown School. She retired from the offices of the Indiana Department of Transportation after over 20 years.\nShe was a member of Huntertown United Methodist Church, its United Methodist Women, and the former Boots 'n Bonnets Square Dance Club. She will be remembered for the beautiful afghans she knitted, and in her retirement years enjoyed traveling with her husband in their fifth-wheel.\nMr. Eby preceded her in death on June 5, 2013.\nThe surviving relatives include her children Karen (Fred) MacFarland of Fort Wayne, Sheila Coburn of Huntertown, and Dennis (Julie) Eby of Angola; a brother Leonard Gross of Fort Wayne; two sisters Marjorie Brumbaugh and Marilyn (Robert) Felger, both of Fort Wayne; six granddaughters Carrie (Chad) Hindenlang, Cris (Mark) Nolot, Lindsey Eby, Tasha (Jeff) Santalucia, Danielle (Brent) Powell, and Kelli Roberson; a grandson Devin Coburn; and 16 great-grandchildren.\nFuneral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 1, 2016, at Huntertown United Methodist Church, 16021 Lima Rd., with Pastors Greg Hiatt and Gabrielle Ginder, officiating.\nThe family will receive friends at the church on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m., or one hour prior to the service Monday morning.\nInterment will be in the Eel River Cemetery, Allen County.\nSheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements.