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Frances Carter Bleight Elliott

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NASHVILLE - Frances Carter Bleight Elliott, 88, died at home in Nashville, TN on July 2, 2014. She was the daughter of Winston Carter and Sarah Wilson Bleight. Educated in the Richmond, VA public schools, she attended the University of Richmond and was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1948 she married Richard Sealy Elliott and moved to Potsdam, NY where he was involved in the lumber manufacturing business. Committed to her community, she was heavily involved in her church and volunteered for numerous community organizations. After her husband's retirement in 1985, they retired to Williamsburg, VA. Her husband died in 2004 and in 2012, Fran moved to Nashville. Predeceasing Mrs. Elliott were her parents, her husband, and her sister. Survivors include daughters, Sarah Carter Elliott of Potsdam, NY and Nancy Elliott Lesesne and husband, John, of Nashville, TN; grandchildren Sarah Elliott, Brian Lesesne, Sarah Lesesne; great grandchildren Ashlin Elliott and Carter Lesesne. Fran will be missed for her clear insights into life's mysteries, her amazing memory for details of family stories and history, her compassion and listening ear, and a keen sense of humor that she maintained to her final hours. She was a wonderful role model for her children and grandchildren for how to age with wit, grace and dignity. It was a full life, well lived. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Potsdam, NY at a later date, with interment in Bayside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Church, 8 Maple St., Potsdam, NY 13676; Belmont United Methodist Church, 2007 Acklen Ave., PO Box 120098, Nashville, TN 37212 or Camp Okawehna (Camp for children with kidney disease, founded by two of Fran's very special doctors in Nashville), Attn. Andy Parker, 1633 Church St., Suite 500, Nashville, TN 37203. View complete obituary at www.crawfordservices.com.
Published in Virginia Gazette on July 4, 2014
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