Frances M. Clulow, homemaker

She assisted her pastor husband in his ministry

November 09, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Frances M. Clulow, a war bride and a homemaker who assisted her pastor husband in his ministry, died Oct. 28 from congestive heart failure at her home in Acadia, Fla.

She was 87.

Frances Molly Smith was born in Timmons, Ontario, and raised in Cornwall and London, England. She was a graduate of English public schools.

During World War II, she met and fell in love with an American serviceman, the Rev. Glenn F. Clulow, whom she married in 1943.

In 1945, Mrs. Clulow came to Franklin, Pa., where she rejoined her husband. In the mid-1950s, they moved to the Baltimore area when Mr. Clulow pastored United Methodist churches in Southwest Baltimore, Millersville, Pikesville and Pasadena.

From 1968 to 1969, they did missionary work in Liberia, Africa.

Family members said Mrs. Clulow and her husband lived in the various parsonages of the churches he was pastoring.

After his retirement in 1982 from Magothy United Methodist Church, where he had been pastor for a decade, the couple moved to Arcadia, Fla.

Mr. Clulow died in 2007.

Mrs. Clulow enjoyed singing and painting china, and was an accomplished cook. She also liked crocheting and knitting.

A memorial service was held Nov. 3 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Arcadia.

Mrs. Clulow is survived by three sons, Jon Clulow and Kevin Clulow, both of Pasadena, and James Clulow of Englewood, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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