Frances McClaughry

May 15, 1919 - December 21, 2012
Frances McClaughry


Mae Frances Durham McClaughry died peacefully on December 21, 2012 with her family by her side.

Frances was born May 15, 1919 in Bath County, Virginia to Lena Folks Durham and Joseph Edward Durham. She had six brothers who have all preceded her in death.

Frances grew up in Bath County and moved to Bluemont, Virginia when she married Garland Thomas McClaughry on July 27, 1945. They were married for fifty-two years prior to his death on April 24, 1997. They have three daughters: Ruth M. Merritt and husband Bob, of Wilmington; Lynn M. Kraly and husband Harry, of Wilmington; and Joyce M. Williams and husband Tom, of Asheville.

“Frankie” or Grandma Frank”, as she was lovingly called, also had six grandchildren and five great grandchildren: Michele Maxwell and husband Brian (Emily and Nolan) of Durham; Amy Griffiths and husband, Matt (Zack and Finley) of Wilmington; Joel Merritt and wife, Alice (Addisyn) of Raleigh; Drew Kraly of Wilmington; Travis Williams of Greenville, NC and Caitlin Williams of Tryon.

Frankie was a member of the Berryville Presbyterian Church for more than 60 years, serving as Deacon and Elder. After moving to Wilmington, she attended First Baptist Church.

Frankie moved to Wilmington in 2008 and moved into Brightmore in March of 2009. She was excited about her new home and enjoyed participating in many activities offered there. She made many dear friends whom she treasured.

Everyone who knew Frankie enjoyed her sense of humor, admired her steadfast faith, and loved her joyful and accepting spirit.

Her family would like to thank Brightmore for making Frankie’s last years so enjoyable and Lower Cape Fear Hospice who cared for her and for her family the last days of her life.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street.

Memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • February 01, 2013
    Lois Tapscott says:
    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Frances. She was a remarkable lady and I remember many chats with her when my Mom and I would visit over the years. Ruth, Lynn and Joyce my deepest sympathy to all of you.

  • December 24, 2012
    Lucy and Michael says:
    Thinking of you and sending much love.

  • December 23, 2012
    Sherri Anderson says:
    Frankie was such a beautiful lady and an inspiration to us all. Her uplifting spirit, her easy smile, those hugs and always words of encouragement to us. She is the mentor I choose, that my spirit might be as kind and accepting as hers as I grow through my years ahead. Frankie raised 3 wonderful girls who took care of their Mom so very well. You honored your Mother well and You have my prayers through this time.

  • December 23, 2012
    Jeremy & Amy Brown says:
    We cannot express the wonderful memories that we have of our precious Aunt Frances. My boys will always remember her kind hugs and sweet words that she spoke to them. She was an absolutely amazing person & I can only pray to become half of the person that she was. She touched so many people's lives & for that she will be truly missed! We love you forever Aunt Frances! Please let Grandma Marie & Uncle Garland how great these boys are! We love you tons! --jeremy, amy, brandon, & jared

  • December 24, 2012
    Garry Durham says:
    Aunt Frances was a special lady. We will remember her with fond memories and pleasant thoughts. Love, Garry and Debbie