Frances Wells, 87, retired principal

By on April 4, 2012

Frances Goodwin Wells, born May 17, 1924, passed quietly in her sleep at Ephrata Manor Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from natural causes at age 87.

Frances was proud to be a fourth generation Prince Georgian from Maryland. She was raised in Clinton, Md., and was a high school graduate of Surrattsville High School. She completed her teaching degree at Frostburg State College and attained her master’s degree in administration from the University of Maryland College Park. She spent her career in education with great passion as a teacher, vice principal and principal in the Prince Georges County Public School System. She was a creative teacher and administrator. Frances was active in working with others to build the PGCEA as a viable organization for teachers and involved herself in county politics for the benefit of education. Frances worked with her husband Bill "Pappy Wells" and many others in the community to raise money to build the first fire house in District Heights, Md. She served as an auxiliary president and member for many years. She liked traveling to foreign countries, growing flowers, folk dancing, riding her boogie board in the waves at Ocean City, Md., and helping and providing great experiences for her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter: Beatrice Elizabeth, wife of Robert C. Vance, her granddaughter: Roberta Vance, husband of Nathan B. Kreider, and two great-grandchildren: Ian Robert Kreider and Donovan Cole Kreider, all from Narvon; her son: William Henry, husband of Linda Wells, of Bowie, Md., and her ex daughter-in-law: Donna Wells and their children, granddaughter: Nicole Jeanne Wells and grandson: William Nicholas Wells, all of Silver Spring, Md.; her nieces: Juanita Kirkpatrick, of Lusby, Md.; and Marie, wife of Walton Lake, of Naples, Fl.; her nephew: George, husband of Micki Singer, of Lewes, De.; great-nephews; great-niece and cousins. She was also very close to a student she taught, lifetime friend and care giver in later years: Carol, wife of Michael Tice, of Clinton, Md.

She is preceded in death by her husband: William H. Wells II in 1958; her sisters: Lucille Etter in 1970, Blanche Singer in 1989 and Catherine Kirkpatrick in 1998.

A private graveside and burial service will be held at Washington National Cemetery, Suitland, Md.

The Vance family would like to thank all their family, family friends and the staff of Ephrata Manor and AseraCare Hospice who kindly and compassionately persevered with Frances until her death. Frances will be remembered for the great things she did for students, family and friends and for her humanity. Frances had no religious affiliation.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in her name to your local SPCA or to the Schnauzer Rescue of the Mid-Atlantic.

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