Frances H. Meginniss, volunteer, church elder

October 28, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Frances H. Meginniss, an active church member and volunteer, died of heart failure Oct. 19 at Glen Meadows retirement community in Glen Arm. She was 89.

Frances Hoffman was born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park. She was a 1937 graduate of Forest Park High School.

After graduating in 1939 from Eaton & Burnett Business College, she worked as a secretary. In 1941, she married high school sweetheart Stephen Mason Meginniss II.

During her husband's 20 years as a career Air Force officer, Mrs. Meginniss and her family moved 17 times. In 1961, when he retired from the Air Force with the rank of colonel, the family settled on Dixie Drive in Southland Hills.

Colonel Meginniss died in 2002.

Mrs. Meginniss was a longtime member of Towson Presbyterian Church, where she had been an elder and leader of the Presbyterian Women's Association and a former president of Church Women United of Greater Baltimore.

Mrs. Meginniss volunteered with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland and invited patients from Sheppard Pratt to share in holiday meals in her home.

"Mom would invite them when she found out they had lived at the hospital forever and did not have a family of their own," said a daughter, Margaret A. Meginniss of Monkton.

"I know I used to think, 'What's the deal with this? Why are these strange ladies here?' But now when I think about it, I realize how incredibly kind she was to include them," she said.

Services were held at her church Friday.

Also surviving are sons Stephen M. Meginniss III of Seattle and James R. Meginniss of Tucson, Ariz.; another daughter, Mary Ellen Absetz of South Riding, Va.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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