Frances W. Proutt, a former caterer and church facilities coordinator, died yesterday of renal failure at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. She was 78.
Frances Winship McLean was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Poplar Hill neighborhood. She was a 1948 graduate of Garrison Forest School and made her debut that year at the Bachelors Cotillon.
From 1974 to 1984, Mrs. Proutt owned and operated Flaire Catering Co., a North Baltimore firm that specialized in debutante parties, weddings and private parties.
She later was staff secretary for the Homeland Association; from 2000 to 2007, she was facilities coordinator at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, where she was also a longtime communicant.
At the church, she was also a member of the memorial funds committee.
An avid gardener, she was a member of the Roland Park Garden Club.
The former Homeland resident, who moved to Broadmead in 2005, enjoyed traveling and spending time every August with her family at Rehoboth Beach, Del.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at her church, 5603 N. Charles St.
Surviving are two sons, Robert Jenkins Proutt of Whitehall and James Taylor Proutt of Forest Hill; two daughters, Catherine Lears Bennett of Towson and Frances Winship "Wincie" Skeen of Baltimore; three brothers, Stewart H. McLean and R. Taylor McLean, both of Baltimore, and Alexander H. McLean of Paris; a sister, Dr. Alexandra B. McLean of Philadelphia; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Her marriage to Robert George Proutt ended in divorce.
Frederick N. Rasmussen