Jean Rankin Scales, 90

Jean Rankin Scales, 90, of Indianapolis, formerly of Wabash, passed away at 10:50 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 at Clearwater Commons in Indianapolis. She was born May 25, 1930 in Augusta, Ga., to Minnie (Renfroe) Rankin and Donald Thompson Rankin, M.D.

She grew up in St. Augustine, Fla. After graduating from high school, Jean attended Purdue University, where she was a member of the Mortar Board, Alpha Xi Delta sorority, and a Gold Pepper as a member of the Debris staff. Jean and her husband, Richard "Dick" Scales, Sr. were both graduates of Purdue University. They were married in the Presbyterian Church at Purdue University on Dec. 21, 1951. After Dick served in the Naval Air Corp during the Korean War, they moved to LaGrange, Ill. and then to Wabash, their home of over 50 years. Once the children were in school, Jean completed her master’s degree and went on to teach reading for 21 years at Wabash Junior and Senior High Schools. She was a member of Tri Kappa, an elder in the Wabash Presbyterian Church, taught Sunday School, and was a member of the Women's Association. Jean was active for 53 years in the Round Table literary society, which she loved attending. In 2015, Jean moved to the Clearwater Senior Living Center in Indianapolis, to be closer to family.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 58 years, Richard "Dick" L. Scales, Sr., who died Oct. 23, 2009.

Jean is survived by her three children, Richard (Christine) Scales, Jr. M.D. of Indianapolis, Allan W. (Jayne) Scales of St. Charles, Ill., and Anne (Greg) Crafts of Carmel. She had seven grandchildren and one great grandson, Caitlyn A. Scales Ph. D., Andrew (Len) R. Scales, Ph. D., William (Kylee) A. Scales, M.D., Ian (Sarah) K. Scales, Joseph A. Scales, J.D., Trevor (Kara and son Jack) D. Crafts, M.D., and Evan Crafts. Jean was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Per Jean's request, she will be cremated. Services are postponed due to the COVID pandemic. When the time is appropriate, a memorial service will be held at the Wabash Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.

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Posted on 2021 Jan 27