Frances M. McCormick - April 17, 2014

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RAVENA – Frances M. McCormick born December 29, 1930 daughter of the late Francis and Mary Staats McCormick went to be with our Lord in heaven April 17, 2014. Frances attended Ravena High School and furthered her education at Russell Sage receiving an associates degree in History and a bachelors degree in English. She worked over 35 years with the SUNY State University Central Administration of New York State, having held positions of senior stenographer, principal clerk and personal administrator. She was principal stenographer to the office of employee Relations and personnel operations upon retirement.

Fran loved a challenge and when younger drove stock cars. She also learned to fly and owned her own plane. In 2009 she was recognized by the Aircraft and Pilots Association in her role of preserving and promoting APOPA’S mission to promote the safety, economy and popularity of general aviation.

Fran was a selfless dedicated person willing to help whenever called. Her greatest love next to her family and closest friends was the sport of bowling. She started bowling while still in high school and was a member of the schools bowling team who often had set their own pins before automatic pin spotters. She was a member of the former WIBC (now USBA) for over 60 years serving as a state and national delegate. She served on the NY State Board of Directors for 27 years attaining the position of 2nd Vice President. Fran was also a member of the local and NY State 600 Club and the National Hall of Fame and Capital City 600 Club. She was a life member of the NY State Bowling writers having served as Secretary/Treasurer. Fran also was president of the former Albany WBA for 15 years and was a member of the Albany Hall of Fame.

Fran is survived by her sister, Virginia Corbett of Palm Coast, FL; and many nieces and nephews. Along with her parents Fran was predeceased by her brother Thomas McCormick and sister Alice Wells Krzykowski. She will be missed by her faithful cat Ty.

A special thanks goes to her niece Cindy Foronda and her best friend Lucille Daignault for caring for her in the last few months of life. Also a special thank you to Steve and Cathy O’Halloran for their help when ever needed.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena. Friends may call at the funeral home prior to the service starting at 10 AM. Interment will follow the service in Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore.
In lieu of flowers please donate in Fran’s name to the Durham Center Museum, PO Box 192, E. Durham, NY 12423, a no kill animal shelter or a charity of your choice.