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Friday, January 19, 2018

Frances Mae "Scharff" Darfler

Frances Mae Scharff entered this world on March 31, 1937 in Glendive to John and Ila (Alexander) Scharff. The youngest of four, she joined sisters Mary and Zella and brother John.

Growing up in Glendive, Frannie attended Lincoln Elementary and Dawson County High School. In 1953, she married LeRoy Sevier and began raising their family of 2 boys and 2 girls while also beginning her career as a telephone operator at Mountain Bell. In 1976, she transferred to Helena where she met and married Jack Darfler in 1980, and they made their new home in Clancy, MT.

Frannie loved fishing, camping and traveling. She and Jack enjoyed the freedom of these activities after they retired in 1990. They also volunteered in the community and loved spending time with family, friends and neighbors.

A nurturing woman at heart, Frannie could always be counted on to feed stray and neighborhood animals (domestic and wild), and she won over the hearts of many of them. They would visit her regularly, knowing that she would be ready with a treat in hand. 

An avid lover of family history and tradition, Frannie held onto many treasures of the past and was always willing to share stories of her family to those who would listen. Throughout her life, Frannie had a wide circle of friends, many to whom she was a trusted and endeared confidant.

Frannie passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at the Glendive Medical Center on the morning of December 25, 2017 at the age of 80.

Frannie is preceded by her parents; sisters, Mary and Zella; brother, John; husband, Jack Darfler; and grandson, Willie Cramer.

Frannie is survived by her sister-in-law, Kay Scharff; children, Arlett (George) Cicolani, Mike (Debbie) Sevier, Allan (Lois) Sevier, Lisa Cramer (John Stewart), John (Tami) Darfler, and Patti (Neil) Metzinger; grandchildren, Shawn (Kelly) Evans, Dustin (Traci) Evans, Darin (Cristi) Worley, Ashley Cramer, Taylor Sevier, Kami Sevier (Mikel Stevenson), Maleri Sevier, Deannedra Cicolani, Cody Sevier, Michaela Sevier and Destiny Darfler; thirteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held on Friday, December 29 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Glendive. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, December 30 at 2 p.m. also at the Congregational Church in Glendive. A graveside service will immediately follow at the Dawson County Cemetery.   Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com

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