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Frances Diver Burt

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Frances Diver Burt

Frances Diver Burt was the 4th of 8 children and was born in Wilmington, DE to Carolyn P. and Frank W. Diver on November 3, 1922. She grew up in Wilmington and graduated from high school at the Wilmington Friends School in 1940.

Frances spent her childhood summers with her family in Buck Hill Falls, PA, a community which became very important to her for all the ties she formed there, the most important of which was her friendship and love of her future husband, Donald, whom she met there when she was 13 years old.

After high school, Frances attended Connecticut College in New London, CT for 2 years. As a part of the World War II war effort, she acquired her certification as a medical librarian in Philadelphia and became the chief medical librarian at the Greenwich Hospital, in Greenwich, CT , where she remained until the end of the war.

On August 21, 1948, Frances married Dr. Burt in Buck Hill Falls, while he was serving in the US army at the Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, NE. Shortly afterwards she gave birth to their first daughter. As Dr. Burt's military service was up, they moved to Flushing, NY, where their 2 sons were born. In 1954, the family moved to Morristown, NJ, where their youngest daughter was born. They made Morristown their home for the following 60 years, and Frances quickly became involved in community service and continued to do so until their move to their apartment at the assisted living facility of Parker at Stonehouse in Highland Park, NJ in 2014.

Frances worked for several years as Dr. Burt's receptionist and accountant, then moved on to become a member of the Morristown Memorial Hospital Women's Association (MMHWA) helping to organize the foundation of the nurse scholarship committee there. She was active in that group for the rest of her time in Morristown, both with the scholarships, the annual Mansion in May event and the Candy Striper programs.

Frances was an active member of the Morristown Presbyterian Church as a Sunday school teacher and member of other committees. She was also a member and president of the Washington Valley Twig, a neighborhood branch of the Women's Association, as well as the Washington Valley Community Association and the Washington Valley Home Economics Club (member since 1957).

She is survived by her husband Donald, her children Evelyn, Donald Jr., Robert and Carol, her 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be sent in her name made out to " WAMMC Scholarship Fund" or, go to

A memorial service will be held at the Chapel at the Presbyterian Church on the Green in Morristown, New Jersey, Thursday, 1 pm, May 18th.
Published in The News Journal on May 18, 2017
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