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Frances Flewellyn Johnston Nash


1925 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Frances Flewellyn Johnston Nash Obituary
NASH Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com Frances Flewellyn Johnston Nash, 88, passed away at home on Friday, February 21, 2014. She was born October 4, 1925 in Atlanta to Dr. Harry B. Johnston and Katherine Hurt Akers. Dr. Johnston was a prominent dentist credited with perfecting endodontia. The home of Fran s maternal grandmother, the Troup Hurt House, was destroyed by the Union Army during the battle of Atlanta and is depicted in the Cyclorama. She is predeceased by her parents and siblings, Martha Biggie Languirand, Katherine Petty, and Harry B. Johnston, Jr., as well as her beloved Auntee , Martha Akers Salter. Fran graduated from North Avenue Presbyterian School for Girls, N.A.P.S., which later became The Westminster School. She received a degree in Art from Wheaton College, where she met, in her words, The Love of my life, Bill Nash. They were married in Atlanta on December 20, 1949 and began a long career with Prudential. He travelled extensively and was transferred to Atlanta, Houston, Newark, and Jacksonville. Fran was always a gracious and capable corporate wife, creating a beautiful home in each city, frequently accompanying him on conferences, and reaching out warmly to agents and their families. Fran excelled as an artist, teacher, storyteller, and writer. Her friends and family are left with many beautiful, handwritten letters, poems, and stories. Fran s love of the Lord, wisdom, and refreshing humor are woven throughout her works. She wrote a daily devotional, Lord I m Listening, but Sometimes I Squawk, paraphrased the Psalms in The Lord is my Shepherd, poetry in From My Windowed Corner, reflections of a southern yardman in Dis and Dat, and the adventures of a gnome in Mr. Dunbar . Fran was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Over the years, she led numerous Bible studies and wrote countless letters to prisoners, shut-ins, and anyone in need. She was a member of the Florida Yacht Club, the Ponte Vedra Club and a former board member of the Visiting Nurses Association and Prison Ministry. Fran is survived by her husband, Emanuel William Nash, Jr. and children, Emanuel William Nash, III (Laurie) and Katherine Nash Roberts (Don), grandchildren David William Roberts (Annie), Emanuel William Nash, IV (Leanna), Parker Nash Roberts, Laura Frances Nash, and Donald Johnston Roberts; great-grandchildren, Laurie Frances Nash, David William Roberts, Jr., Luke Parker Roberts, and Emanuel William Nash, V. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and her husband s five brothers and sisters and their spouses. The family will receive friends and family from 5-7 pm, Tuesday, February 25th at the Park Plaza Condominiums, 505 Lancaster Street. A memorial service and reception will be held on Wednesday, February 26th at 11:00 at the First Presbyterian Church located at the corner of Ocean and Monroe. The family would like to convey their sincere gratitude to Community Hospice for the care and attention they have given during this time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Children s Jubilee Fund, (www.jubileefund.org), First Coast Women s Services (www.fcws.org) or the First Presbyterian Church Music Ministry (www.fpcjax.org). Arrangements are under the care of Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hardage-giddensoaklawnchapel.com.
Published in the Florida Times-Union from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2014
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