Frances Anne Nicholas, 87, homemaker

June 12, 2006

Frances Anne Nicholas, a homemaker and volunteer, died of heart failure Thursday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 87 and had been a resident of Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson for about a year and a half. She previously lived in the Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhood of Baltimore.

She was born in Baltimore. Her family moved several times because of her father's work with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

She graduated from Mount Lebanon High School outside Pittsburgh in 1936, and later from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1941. She was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority and attended its gatherings until recently.

After college, she was employed as a social worker in the Baltimore Department of Public Welfare, remaining with the agency until her marriage in June 1944 to James E. Nicholas. He died in 1996.

The couple lived in Baltimore after marrying. They lived in New Jersey from 1950 to 1953 before returning to Baltimore.

She was a member of the vestry at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Johnstown, Pa., from 1965 to 1974, when the couple lived there.

The two returned to Baltimore and moved to the Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhood. She served as the treasurer of the Tuscany-Lombardy Association during the 1970s.

She volunteered for Union Memorial Hospital, Roland Park Country School and for the American Heart Association.

In later years, much of her volunteer time was for the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, where she helped in the office and visited shut-ins.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

She is survived by a daughter, Anne Nicholas Costain of Boulder, Colo.; and one granddaughter.

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