Our family's angel here on earth has been called home to rest. Frances Mae Sweat, daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.
Born April 5, 1929, in North Carolina, she spent most of her years in Virginia. As a young woman working at her mother's restaurant in Norfolk, she met and married Raymond Sweat. Raymond and Frances traveled from Carolina to Okinawa, back to Virginia, on to Panama, and back again. By the end of 1959 they had four children born in three different states and one in another country. They chose what was then a sleepy little town known as Williamsburg to build their lives after their Army years. They remained dedicated to each other for their entire lives.
Frances was raised in the church and maintained her strong belief in the Lord throughout her life. She loved her church, her family, friends, life and nearly everyone she met. A soul full of love and forgiveness, she was dear to the hearts of everyone who knew her. She spent nearly 24 years as a school bus driver, where her kindness left lifelong impressions on hundreds of her "kids." Many still stop us in town to ask about Mrs. Sweat.
Frances was predeceased by her husband, Raymond Sweat, and her sons, Robert Sweat and Raymond (Buddy) Sweat. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter and caretaker, Tammy Sweat; her son, Phillip, and wife, Pam; grandchildren, Wendy, Sherry, Corey, Chad, Todd, Christopher, Jessica, and Jennifer; and nine great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Thursday, Aug. 22, at Bucktrout Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. A celebration of life will be held Friday, Aug. 23, at Grace Baptist Church at 1 p.m. with burial following in Williamsburg Memorial Park.