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Frances Schroder Obituary
SCHRODER, Frances FRANCES LONGINO SCHRODER Frances Longino Schroder, 90, passed away on July 20th. Frances was born in Richmond, VA to native Atlantans Frances Stokes and Hinton Fort Longino. Her father was Eastern Manager of the Retail Credit Company, now Equifax. Her maternal grandfather, Thomas L Stokes, was an officer and Board member of Davison, Paxon and Stokes, later Davison's Department store. At age 6, Frances moved back to Atlanta, attending Spring Street Grammar School, E. Rivers School, and graduating from North Fulton High School. Frances graduated from Sweet Briar College with a double major in Psychology/Philosophy. Her great wish was to attend her 70th reunion this past May. In 1944, she worked in a war nursery and then at The Lovett School as a nursery assistant ('45-'47). It was during this time that she met and married Hughes Spalding Schroder. They married in 1946 and were married for 51 years until his death in 1997. Frances was actively involved in local charity work and was fascinated by Southern history and genealogy, her true passion. She delighted in political commentary and in primary-source historical research. A lifelong Democrat, Frances' maternal uncle, Pulitzer prize winning journalist, Washington correspondent, syndicated columnist and author, Tom Stokes, invited Frances to Washington where, as a teenager, she listened to Huey Long's oratory from the floor of the United States Senate. Frances was passionate about the Atlanta community where she was active in many organizations including President of The Junior League of Atlanta, President of the Egleston Auxiliary, President of the Georgia Genealogical Society, and genealogist and Town Hall Chairman of the Colonial Dames. She was a member of the The High Museum of Art, The Atlanta History Center, a member of the Piedmont Driving Club and enjoyed many fun New Year's Eve celebrations with her husband at the Nine O'clocks. Most of all Frances enjoyed life to the fullest and was an elegant and fun hostess, who was especially noted for her dry wit. Since 2009, Frances lived at Canterbury Court and had many cherished friends there. Frances was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Her father was Senior Warden at the time of the Orly plane crash. Many parishioners died including his wife and Frances' mother, Frances Stokes Longino. Frances is predeceased by her husband, Hughes Spalding Schroder, her sister, Sara Longino Dickinson and her daughter, Anne Layton Schroder. She is survived by her son Fr. Daniel Hughes Spalding Schroder of Nicosia, Cyprus, daughters Gwin White (Terry) of Columbia, SC, Elizabeth Schroder Boyle (David) of London, England, Mary Harrington Schroder of Atlanta, a son-in-law Eric Vance of Chapel Hill, NC, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly. The service will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree Street 30308 on Monday, 18th August at 11 am, followed by a reception in the parish hall and an interment at Westview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to Sweet Briar College or the Saint Luke's Memorial Fund.

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Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 28, 2014
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