Frances Crawford Upham was born in Birmingham, AL on May 18, 1940 and died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Sunday, October 10, 2010 in Wilmington, NC.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Captain Saxton D. Crawford, Jr. and Gladys Groom Crawford as well as her brother, Saxton D. Crawford, III and sister, Lillian E. Grove, all of Birmingham, AL.
To say that Franny was full of life is an understatement. She shared that enthusiasm and joy with all who came inside her orbit. She touched the hearts of those that were in her care, will be mourned by numerous friends and the many children she guided. Her love was shinny and bright and lit up the world. She had the gift of making everyone feel special and important, including strangers. She brought the most unlikely people together and made it work. Every day was a celebration. God now has an angel that will invite everyone to dance.
She is survived by her brothers, Kirk Crawford and Rick Crawford; sisters, Chryssie McBrayer, Mary Kent, Jeanne Crawford and Martha Crawford-Kerrins; her children, Stacia Crawford , Kimberly and Mike England, James and Melissa Upham, and Heather and Joey LeBlanc; her grandchildren, Joey, Gavin and Val LeBlanc, Madison England and Vyolet Upham; in addition to the multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and all the extend family, related and not.
Services will be held at St. James Parish, downtown Wilmington, NC, on Friday, October 15 at 10 a.m. with a reception to follow at the church.
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Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099