Rock Hill – Mrs. Sandra Franzelle “Fran” Russell Meade, 63, passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, March 08, 2012. She fought a long and difficult battle with cancer but did it with grace and courage knowing there was a better life awaiting her. Fran was a loving wife, mother, sister and faithful friend.
Fran was born in Boone, NC to the late Herman and Eileen Russell of Banner Elk, NC. She was raised in Clover, SC and graduated from Lees-McRae College. After her retirement from the HR department of Celanese, Fran was employed by the March of Dimes. As a Community Director for a five county region in Upstate South Carolina she coordinated fund raising events to promote the efforts of the March of Dimes. She was devoted to her church and served as a Director of the Missionette program for First Assembly and later Cornerstone Assembly helping to guide young women in the Christian faith. Fran had a passion for Southern history and her ancestry and was a Historian for the local Ann White chapter of the UDC and an active DAR member. She was a former member of the Rock Hill Women’s Club.
Fran is survived by Mike Meade, her husband of 43 years; two sons, Kent Meade (Erica) and Kevin Meade (Margaret Broadway); four grandsons, Justin, Dalton, Dylan and Jake; two, sisters, Mozelle Compton (Marshall) of Rock Hill and Judy Overman (David) of Charlotte, NC and fifteen nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and four older brothers, R.L, Ralph, Ray and Richard.
Funeral services will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Grace Ministries, 1511 Mount Holly Road, Rock Hill, SC. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral. A private burial will be held on Sunday in Banner Elk, NC.
Fran will be remembered most for her gentle nature, her love of family and friends and the joy they brought to her life. Her family would like to thank everyone for their kind words, telephone calls and prayers.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations to Agape Hospice, 1317 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.whitesellfueralhome.net