Frances Roberta Edwards, 82, co-owner of craft shop...

September 19, 2001

Frances Roberta Edwards, 82, co-owner of craft shop

Frances Roberta Corosh Edwards, a former craft shop owner who was a volunteer for the mentally ill, died of cancer Monday at Blakehurst Life Care Community in Towson. She was 82.

Mrs. Edwards had lived at Blakehurst since 1995 after more than 40 years as a resident of Round Bay on the Severn River in Severna Park.

Born in Annapolis and known as "Frankie," she was educated at area schools and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of Maryland, College Park. She served stateside in the Marine Corps during World War II.

She was married for 51 years to William A. Edwards, an engineer. She met him while working as his secretary at McLean Contracting Co. on a project at the Naval Academy. Mr. Edwards died in 1995.

Mrs. Edwards was co-owner of Pottery 'n Things on State Circle in Annapolis for more than 15 years, until 1990, pursuing an interest in hand-crafted items and primitive antiques. Her father had been a watchmaker and her mother a jeweler on the city's Main Street.

She was a volunteer and a former president of the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Association, and she worked with parent-teacher associations at several Severna Park schools and with the county Board of Education. She sponsored many families through the Save the Children Fund.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, followed by a reception at 3:30 p.m. in the Hopkins Room of Blakehurst, 1055 W. Joppa Road.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia L. Edwards of Shelby, Ohio, and Nancy E. Buckman of Pasadena; four sons, Peter W. Edwards of Virginia Beach, Va., Douglas R. Edwards of Cincinnati, Richard R. Edwards of Torrance, Calif., and D. Scott Edwards of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

The family suggested memorial contributions to any Planned Parenthood organization or to Hospice of Baltimore, 6701 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21204.

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