Frances Mitchell Dozier

June 5, 1931 - November 11, 2008
Frances Mitchell Dozier


Frances Mitchell Dozier died peacefully surrounded by her family Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Frances was born in Bedford, Virginia on June 5, 1931 and married US Army Lieutenant Henry Powell Dozier of Macon, Georgia in Bedford on August 11, 1956. She graduated from Randolph Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA in 1952.

Frances worked in personnel at Hutslers in Baltimore, MD and the Employment Security Commission in Wilmington, NC. Teaching reading and assisting refugee families to settle into the US were two of her passions. She taught reading at the Cape Fear Literacy Council and English as a second language in VA. She moved with her family to; IL,VA, NC, CT, MA, KY and AL. She always participated in and benefited the communities in which she lived. Frances and Henry enjoyed traveling the world and experiencing other cultures.

She is survived by her husband Henry and four children; Bill Dozier and wife Lynn of Wilmington, NC; Betsy Booth and husband Bob of Charlottesville, VA; Lisa Vailes and husband Chuck of Staunton, VA; and Mitch Dozier and wife Tammy of Chapel Hill, NC. She is also survived by nine grandchildren: Amy and Holly Dozier, Will and Jack Dozier, Michelle Crockett, Becca and Matthew Booth, and Samantha and McCauley Vailes.

Frances donated her brain tissue to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Institute of Human Genomics to assist Parkinson’s Disease research.

Graveside services for the family will be held at Oleander Memorial Gardens. A memorial service will be at Winter Park Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC on November 15, 2008 at 3PM. A reception will follow. Friends are invited to share written or spoken remembrances of our beloved Fran at the reception.

She requests memorial gifts be made to the WPPC Refugee Ministry, 4501 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • November 13, 2008
    Wes Crawford says:
    Our thoughts are with your/our family in this time. "Aunt" Francis will be missed, but always appreciated for all she did to help others, including my mother, Courtney, in her times of need. Wes and family

  • November 14, 2008
    Indoor Biotechnologies says:
    Lisa and family, We are sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. We are here for you if you need anything. Love, Your “family” at Indoor

  • November 14, 2008
    Lynn Dozier says:
    Grandma Fran, Thank you so much for bringing my wonderful husband into this world, allowing me to share in your loving family and making mine complete. We have two wonderful, beautiful, smart girls who will remind me everyday of you.

  • November 13, 2008
    Janet Arnold Carver says:
    Dear Betsy, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a very special person and I have many fond and fun memories of her! Please give your dad and siblings my condolences as well. When things have settled down, I would love for you to get in touch! Warmest regards, Janet Arnold Carver

  • November 13, 2008
    Graham Cabell says:
    So sorry to hear the news. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.