Frances Taylor Heaps, 60, manager for homebuilder

April 01, 2003

Frances Taylor Heaps, a project manager for a Washington- area homebuilder, died of pancreatic cancer Thursday at her home in Takoma Park. The former Baltimore resident was 60.

Ms. Heaps moved to Washington about 30 years ago to work for an insurance company. She later became the shelter manager for the House of Ruth in Washington.

For the past five years, until her death, she had managed construction projects for Aspen Systems Corp.

She attended Samuel Ready School in Baltimore and graduated from Eastern High School. Through a corporate program, she earned a master's degree in business administration from Loyola College.

She was a lifelong advocate of peace and social justice, and an avid reader and a fan of the opera -- often spending Saturdays listening to the Metropolitan Opera on the radio.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Adelphi Mill in Silver Spring.

Survivors include two sisters, M. Barton Heaps of Glen Rock, Pa., and Allison Pena of Mandeville, La.; a nephew, Karl W. Fickenscher of Pretoria, South Africa; a niece, Lisa K. Fickenscher of Baltimore: and a close friend, Joan C. Hall of Takoma Park.

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