Joan "Frec" Orr Baggs, 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 undergraduate from the University of Georgia and her Master's degree in Romantic Languages from Northwestern University. During World War II, Frec served in the WAC and the Red Cross, where she met, William Calhoun "Bill" Baggs on Key Biscayne. They returned to Miami to raise their sons, while Bill became Editor in Chief of The Miami News which under his leadership and tenure, the paper won four Pulitzer Prizes. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State park is named for him, due to his conservation efforts.
Frec was an English teacher (Ransom Everglades School) tutor, author, realtor, bridge player, avid tennis player, former chair of The Red Cross Ball, active member of The Chapel of Venerable Bede, the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, the Junior League, and fashion designer of her own clothing line named FREC BAGGS.
Preceding her in death, are her parents, Craig and Sally Orr; husband Bill; sisters Sally Orr Nathanson and Ann Orr Morris. Joan is survived by sons Craig (Mary) Baggs of Ocala and Mahoney (Valerie) Baggs of Miami; grandchildren Kate, Trevor, Ann Taylor and Ramsey; great granddaughter Savannah Jenkins; nieces, Joan Morris (Charles) Hodge of Atlanta, Julia Nathanson (Drew) Cobb of Athens; nephew Bob (Denise) Morris; grand nieces, Annie and Charlotte; grand nephews John and Will; and a host a cousins and friends. She was admired and will be deeply missed by her family.
A private memorial service will be held in Athens, Georgia on January 18, 2014. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her memory be made to the Red Cross.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Jan. 5, 2014