|Birth: ||Nov. 17, 1924|
|Death: ||Apr. 17, 2011|
Frances E. Neelands, well known for her many activities on behalf of the community, died peacefully on April 17, 2011 at the Bailey Center for Caring following a brief illness. Frances was born in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 17, 1924 and was the only child of Bernice M. and Edwin B. Erwin. She grew up in St. Augustine, living with her mother and grandmother, Almedia Johnston, in Davis Shores.
After graduating from Ketterlinus High School at age 17 she entered Florida State College for Women where she obtained a BS degree in Business and Finance. After completing college she returned to St. Augustine and worked at Marineland where she met her future husband Robert Neelands. Following their marriage the couple moved out of the area due to Robert"s employment with the National Park Service. While living in Atlanta, Ga., Frances created and developed her own makeup line called "The Frances Line" which she later sold to a New York division of Lancom`e. She often spoke of her time spent in New Orleans, a city she particularly enjoyed. When the couple moved back to St. Augustine they built their home on San Rafael Drive overlooking the Intercoastal Waterway.
Frances was a diligent and dedicated worker and leader in the Community during her many years spent here. She was active in the start-up of several agencies that have become a vital part of the community. Some of her volunteer work was with The First Coast Pilot Club, Health and Human Services Advisory Council, Woman"s Exchange, Friends of the Library, RSVP, and Friends of Health and Human Services, among others. Not only did Frances devote time to support the community she was a frequent donor to a variety of causes.
Frances' dedication to the County was particularly evident in her lengthy service as an administrative aid to former County Commissioner Jim Bryant for 12 years. This required the time equivalent to more than a full-time position and she was involved in many of the commissioners" activities during this period. After her years with Commissioner Bryant, Frances volunteered her time to assist his daughter, Joy Bryant, at St. Johns Housing Partnership assisting in the foreclosure mitigation department helping residents of St. Johns County keep their homes.
Frances is preceded in death by her parents, Bernice M. and Edwin Erwin, and grandmother, Almedia Johnston. She leaves behind close friends, James E. Bryant, Joy Bryant, Noah James Chehata, Charles Thomas and Betty Goyings, and Mary Jane Little who cared for her during her final days.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Evergreen Cemetery, with the Rev. Kelly Kemp, officiating. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her favorite charities: Council on Aging, St. Johns County Legal Aid, St. Johns Housing Partnership (foreclosure mitigation department), St. John"s County Library (Main) or Community Hospice Bailey Family Center for Caring.
Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park in charge of arrangements.
(St Augustine Record, April 19, 2011)
St. Johns County
Created by: Larry
Record added: Apr 19, 2011
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