Frances Lois Michael, 94, of Hilltop, Williamsport, MD, passed away on February 8, 2020. Frances was born October 16, 1925, in Berkeley Springs, WV, to Clifton E. and Carrie Maude Aulabaugh.
Frances is survived by her son, Lee U. Michael, Jr., of Hagerstown, MD; a daughter, Jo Ann M. Converse, and her husband, Joseph, of Williamsburg, VA; a granddaughter, Jennifer C. Burke, and her husband, Christopher, of Fairfax, VA; a grandson, Joseph M. Converse, and his wife, Christina, of New York City, NY; a great-granddaughter, Morgan L. Burke, and a great-grandson, Wesley C. Burke, of Fairfax, VA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Lee U. Michael; four sisters, Le Esta Wade, Ferol Ellis, Mildred Bowles, Virginia Springston and three brothers, Stanley Aulabaugh, Paul Aulabaugh and Leslie Aulabaugh.
Frances graduated from Berkeley Springs High School, WV, in 1942. She married Lee U. Michael in Riverside, CA, on April 10, 1944, and returned to Berkley Springs until the birth of her son, Lee U. Michael, Jr, when she moved to Williamsport, MD. She commuted daily from Williamsport to Berkeley Springs where she worked for years at Pennsylvania Glass Sand Corp. and rose to executive secretary to the president before she retired. She was a life member of the Williamsport Lions Club as well as a life member of the Berkeley Chapter No. 77 Order of the Eastern Star. She was an active member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church.
Frances had been an active member of the Arc of Washington County since 1960. Following the birth of her son with special needs, she volunteered countless hours towards improving the lives of the handicapped in Washington County. She was involved in building the Marbern Road Home in 1982, which was the first barrier-free home for the handicapped in Maryland.
Frances’s generosity and optimism knew no bounds. She was a card shark, the queen of corny poems, and known to spontaneously break out in song. “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” was a family favorite. She enjoyed travelling with family, friends and The Happy Face Travel Club. Her motto was, “Get out and travel while you’re young!”
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Arc of Washington County, 820 Florida Ave., Hagerstown, MD, 21740, or Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 802 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, MD, 21740.
A private graveside service will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport, MD, on Friday, February 14, 2020, at 2:30pm.
There will be a celebration of life service at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 802 Summit Ave, Hagerstown, MD, on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 11:00am.
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