Frances Nelson Weese, 89, a resident of Elkins and Gallatin, Tenn., passed away Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Gallatin.
She was born Dec. 7, 1923, in Gray Court, S.C., a daughter of the late Claude Pierce Nelson and Lula Chandler Nelson.
On Oct. 3, 1945, in Memphis, Tenn., she married Edward Hugh Weese, who preceded her in death on May 6, 1982.
Surviving are three sons, Edward Nelson "Eddie" Weese and wife, Nancy, Elkins, Kenneth David Weese and wife, Debbie, Gallatin, and Stanley Marshall Weese and wife, Marcella, Gallatin; one daughter, Madonna Ann Weese, Urbana, Ill., four grandchildren, Lisa D. Moudry and husband, Brian, Elkins, Heather M. Weese, Elkins, Brandy L. Weese, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Daniel K. Weese, Nashville, Tenn.; and one great granddaughter, Olivia Moudry, Elkins.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Preceding her in death were four sisters, Bertha Nelson, Nettie Mae King, Myrtle Nelson and Lois Soper; and five brothers, Carl, Albert, Leon, Waymon and Charles Nelson.
Mrs. Weese attended the schools of South Carolina, having graduated from Greenville General Hospital School of Nursing at the height of World War II. She enlisted in the United States Army due to a shortage of nurses to care for injured soldiers. While serving at Kennedy General Hospital in Memphis, 2nd Lt. Nelson met Cpl. Edward Weese of West Virginia. They were married in Memphis in 1945.
They moved to Elkins and began their family. Frances completed her BS Degree at Davis & Elkins College and joined the staff of Davis Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and later became director of the school. When the school was set to close, she was instrumental in transferring the school to Davis & Elkins College. She taught there until she retired. She then went on to teach nursing at Vol. State Community College in Gallatin, retiring for the second time at the age of 75.
Frances was a member of the First Church of Christ in Elkins.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. On Tuesday, Oct. 22, she will be moved to the First Church of Christ in Elkins for viewing from 1 to 2 p.m., the funeral hour. Minister Mike Courtwright and Evangelist Gary Kendall will officiate and interment will follow in the American Legion's Little Arlington Cemetery, where presentation of the American Flag will be made by members of the West Virginia National Guard Honor Guard Program.
Memorial contributions may be made to a local hospice organization or the First Church of Christ Building Fund, 300 Worth Ave., Elkins, WV 26241.
Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Frances Nelson Weese.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.