Joan Orr "Frec" Baggs

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BAGGS, JOAN "FREC" ORR, 92,passed away in Ocala on December 22, 2013. Frec was born on October 20, 1921 in Athens, Georgia and raised on historic Carrs Hill. She received her B.A. at the University of Georgia and her Master's degree from Northwestern University. During World War II, Frec served in the WAC and the Red Cross, where she met, William Calhoun "Bill" Baggs. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State park is named for him, due to his efforts to conserve the land. Her husband was Editor in Chief of The Miami News which under his leadership and tenure, the paper won four Pulitzer Prizes. Frec was an English teacher (Ransom Everglades School) tutor, author, realtor, bridge player, avid tennis player, and fashion designer of her own clothing line named FREC. She was Chair of The Red Cross Ball, member of the Junior League, Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and Chapel of the Venerable Bede. Preceding her in death, are her parents, Craig and Sally Orr; husband Bill; sisters Sally and Ann. Joan is survived by sons Craig (Mary) Baggs of Ocala and Mahoney (Valerie) Baggs of Miami; grandchildren Kate, Trevor, AnnTaylor and Ramsey; great granddaughter Savannah as well as a host of remaining family and friends. A service will be held in Athens, Georgia on Jan 18, 2014

Published in Miami Herald on Jan. 5, 2014
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