Frances Irene Smith Wilson, 89, passed Jan. 11, 2013 at her home in Winter Garden, Florida, in the arms of her loving family.
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Born in Mebane, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Esther McKenzie Smith and William Graham Smith. She moved to Orlando, Florida from Carrboro, N.C. in 1956.
In North Carolina, Frances taught elementary school in the late 1940's. In the 1950's, she was a successful "Avon Lady." Very active in the Carrboro Methodist Church, she hosted many "Brunswick Stew" monthly fund raisers, taught youth Sunday school, and was active in the Women's Circles. In October 1954, Frances was chosen to represent her church at the United Nations in New York City as part of a 36-woman delegation from the Durham, N.C. District of Christian Social Relations of the Methodist Woman's Society of Christian Service.
In Orlando, Frances was an Orlando "Welcome Wagon" Lady, visiting and welcoming newcomers to the Orlando area. She worked for S&H Green Stamps as an Assistant Manager and was a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Course. For many years, she was fondly known as "Country Club Nanny" as the babysitter to many children of local executives, doctors, and politicians. Dedicated to her beloved faith, Frances was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church [formerly Goss Memorial Methodist Church], Orlando. She taught and worked with the church youth for over 15 years, was coordinator of the shut-in program and an active officer of the Doris Circle and the United Methodist Women.
Active in the Orlando community, she delivered "Meals on Wheels" and volunteered at Orlando charity organizations which include the Orlando Rescue Mission and the American Heart Association. She was also a follow-up faith counselor for two Billy Graham crusade events held in Central Florida.
Frances is survived by her husband of 70 years, Julius Bailey "J.B." Wilson; daughter, Barbara W. Thompson (Roy D.) of Winter Garden, Fla.; sons, Donald W. Wilson (Vicki) and Paul G. Wilson of Orlando, Fla.; grandsons, Michael David Thompson (Kate) of Fairfax, Va. and Chad Wilson (Brandi) of Orlando, Fla.; granddaughter, Shelli Carpenter of Orlando; four great-grandchildren, Marshall Thompson, Emma Rose Thompson, Chad Dillon Wilson, and Bailey Skye Wilson.
Frances is predeceased by her parents, Esther and William Smith; three brothers, Robert P. Smith, William K. Smith, Roy C. Smith; and two infant sisters.
Visitation for friends will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by an 11 a.m. funeral service at Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home-Winter Garden Chapel, 428 East Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando.
The family expresses their deepest gratitude to the many staff of Hospice of the Comforter for their compassionate care and dedication to Frances and to them during this long journey. In particular, they want to thank Debbie Popow for her unfailing devoted tenderness and comfort to Mom and for wrapping her loving heart and arms around each of them over the peaks and valleys. Unending thanks to Chaplain Eleni Klassen for always being there with loving blessings of communion, spiritual guidance and friendship.
In Frances' memory, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Comforter, 480 W. Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714.
Please sign and view the family guest book at www.baldwinfairchild.com
Published in TheTimesNews.com from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, 2013