Frances Sisson Baldwin
Virginia Beach - Frances Sisson Baldwin, 90, died on January 23, 2015, at Westminster-Canterbury in Virginia Beach. Born in Richmond, VA, on December 5, 1924, Frances Gamble Bowers was the second child of Gamble McAlister Bowers and Elva Gertrude Rew. Frances was predeceased by her first husband of 38 years, Hugh Hamilton Sisson, Jr., her son Hugh Hamilton Sisson, III and her second husband of 21 years, Capt. Frank Edward "Ted" Baldwin, USN Ret.
She is survived by three children, daughter Frances S. Higgins (Timothy) of Melbourne, FL, daughter Mary Landon Peabody (Edward) of Virginia Beach, VA, and son Gamble M. "Mac" Sisson (Sharon Zuber) of Gloucester Point, VA; five grandchildren, Elsa Robey (John) of Kansas City, MO, Stacy Saville (Bill), William "Bill" Landon III (Debbie), Hugh Sisson IV, and Shane Sisson (Kristine) all of Virginia Beach, VA; as well as eight great-grandchildren.
Frances grew up in Richmond where she graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and cultivated her talents in piano and organ. She raised her children in Williamsburg and was an active member of numerous organizations including the D.A.R. and the William & Mary faculty community. In 1965, her family moved to Virginia Beach and became active members of Bayside Presbyterian Church where Frances served as Minister of Music for twenty-four years and founded the Bell Choir. She also acted as organist and pianist for Westminster-Canterbury chapel after her move to that facility in 2002. Her beauty, wit, graciousness, and wisdom will be greatly missed by her family, friends and professional colleagues.
A memorial service to celebrate the gift of Frances to our lives will be held Saturday, January 31, at 2 pm at the Westminster-Canterbury chapel, 3100 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach. Donations in remembrance may be sent to Bayside Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach, or the charity of your choice
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Published by The Virginian-Pilot on Jan. 27, 2015.