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Frances Ladd Willis

By preddyfuner36002353, Apr 10 2019 02:46PM

Frances Ladd Willis, 94, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Monday April 8, 2019. Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Siah and Lelia (Chandler) Ladd, her 4 siblings (Cary, Amilie, Stewart, and Hope), and an infant son. Frances is survived by her husband, C. Norman Willis, three sons (Glenn of Loon Lake, WA, Larry of Leesburg, VA, and Joel of Keswick, VA), 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and many cherished family and friends. Frances grew up on her beloved Ladd farm in Keswick. After graduating from Charlottesville’s McIntire High School, she moved to the Washington, D.C. area. There she met Norman while working with the Army Signal Corps in the WWII defense effort. In November of 2018, Frances and Norman celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary, renewing their vows, and dancing the night away to big band favorites. Frances passed peacefully in her home, with her true love by her side.

Preddy Funeral Home, 301 S Main Street Gordonsville, VA 22942, will host friends and family night on Thursday April 11th from 6:30pm-8:00pm. A funeral service will be held at Zion United Methodist Church 1674 Zion Road Troy, VA 22974 on Saturday April 13, 2019 at 2:00pm. Reception to follow.

In honor of her beautiful blue eyes and her favorite color, family and friends are invited to wear “something blue” on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Mike Carman Heart Transplant Fund” c/o Joanne Carman at 1911 E Harvest Ct, Spokane WA 99217. Mike, currently awaiting a dual heart/liver transplant, is the husband of Frances’ eldest granddaughter.

Apr 10 2019 05:43PM by Donna Bowman

I'm so sorry to hear about Ms. France's passing. Your family are on in my prayers.

Apr 10 2019 06:52PM by Johnny Entremont

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Larry, the Willis family and their extended families. 94 cherished years. Frances must have lived a "Wonderful Life."

Apr 10 2019 07:55PM by Bill & Shirley Adams

Mrs. Willis was a beautiful lady. Even though we did not know her for a long time we enjoyed her and her husband at a few get-togethers. We know she will be missed by many friends and family. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to family and all those that loved her.

Apr 11 2019 01:10AM by Dennis Howard

So sorry to hear about Mrs. Willis. I absolutely loved her, she was such an encourager to me when I was one of her pastors. God bless Norman and family during this time.

Apr 12 2019 06:54PM by May & Butch Lysinger

So sorry for your loss, Norman. We remember you both as faithful Riverdale members since we were there. Hope your family is helping you now. We'll pray for you in this time of loss...May & Butch

Apr 12 2019 10:24PM by Millie Howerton

Been friends with Frances and Norman since the 40's. We had many vacations together with them as well as Mary and Jack Frick. My prayers go out to Norman and his family.

Apr 20 2019 01:41AM by Christine Miller

So sorry to hear about Francis, we loved she and Norman very much!!! Norman was my father’s best friend. John and Mary Frick spent many wonderful years together with them. Francis was a treasure!!! My prayers are with the entire family. She will be sorely missed. God Bless

Apr 25 2019 08:24AM by Pat Powell

Mrs. Frances was one of my favorites, always smiling and happy to greet
everyone. She will never be forgotten, and I know she is dancing in Heaven.
She will be missed, but she is now home in Heaven. I visited with Mr. Norman
last Sunday, and he seemed lost without his mate. I think the world of both
and he seemed to enjoy the Sunday afternoon service at Commonwealth. He
looked well but tired. My prayers are with the whole family.

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