Geneva France, 87

Boutique saleswoman

April 04, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Geneva France, a former boutique sales associate and active church member, died Monday of heart failure at Northwest Hospital Center. The longtime Edmondson Village resident was 87.

She was born in Staunton, Va., and moved with her family to a home near Druid Hill Avenue in West Baltimore. She was a 1938 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School.

Mrs. France worked for more than 20 years with her sister, Pauline Brooks-Amis, who owned Pauline Brooks Boutique in the Belvedere Hotel. She retired in the late 1980s.

A resident of Edmondson Village for more than 50 years, Mr. France was a member for many years of Fulton Baptist Church, where she was president of the Deaconess Board and a member of the Usher Board.

"She loved cooking and entertaining, especially fried chicken and anything chocolate," said a son, Chester A. France Jr. of Laurel.

Her husband of 54 years, Chester A. France Sr., a retired Bethlehem Steel worker and Hecht Co. sales associate, died in 1992.

Services will be held at noon Monday at her church, 1620 W. North Ave.

Also surviving are another son, Sterling N. France of Owings Mills; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. A third son, Craig W. France, died in 1989.

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