Frances Carter Bleight Elliott, 88, died at home in Nashville, TN on July 2, 2014. She was the daughter of Winston Carter and Sarah Wilson Bleight. Educated in the Richmond, VA public schools, she attended the University of Richmond and was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After her children left home she earned a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of the State of New York at Potsdam.
In 1948 she married Richard Sealy Elliott and moved to Potsdam, New York where he was involved in the hardwood lumber manufacturing business. Fran was a very committed community and church volunteer. She served as warden and vestryman at Trinity Episcopal Church where she taught church school for 20 years, served on the Altar Guild and was a former President of Trinity Guild. Fran was involved in the formation of the Thousand Island Girl Scout Council and served as an officer and board member. She was a board member of the St. Lawrence County United Way and served as chairman of volunteers at the Potsdam Hospital as well as a board member of the Hospital Guild.
After her husband’s retirement in 1985, they retired to Williamsburg, Virginia where Fran was a member of Bruton Parish Church and its Altar Guild, enjoyed volunteering in the Bruton Gift Shop and delivering Meals on Wheels. Her various bridge clubs and mahjong groups provided endless hours of pleasure. Her husband died in 2004 and in 2012, Fran moved to the St. Paul Senior Living Community in Nashville where she continued to enjoy playing bridge and enjoying her new friends.
Predeceasing Mrs. Elliott were her parents; her husband; and her sister.
Survivors include daughters, Sarah Carter Elliott of Potsdam and Nancy Elliott Lesesne and husband, John, of Nashville, TN; grandchildren Sarah Elliott, Brian Lesesne and Sarah Lesesne; and great grandchildren Ashlin Elliott and Carter Lesesne.
Fran will be missed for her clear insights into life’s mysteries, her amazing memory for details of family stories and history, her compassion, and a keen sense of humor that she maintained to her final hours. She was a wonderful role model for her children and grandchildren for how to age with wit, grace and dignity. It was a full life, well lived.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Church, 8 Maple St., Potsdam, NY 13676; Belmont United Methodist Church, 2007 Acklen Ave., PO Box 120098, Nashville, TN 37212 or Camp Okawehna (Camp for children with kidney disease, founded by two of Fran’s very special doctors in Nashville), Attn. Andy Parker, 1633 Church St., Suite 500, Nashville, TN 37203.
The Memorial Service for Fran will be at Trinity Church, Potsdam on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1 p.m. followed by a reception in the Parish Hall and Internment at the Bayside Cemetery.