Passing of GFWC Virginia State President Frances P. Edwards

January 5, 2018

It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you that GFWC Virginia State President Fran Edwards, 66, passed away suddenly on January 4, 2018.

She graduated from Southampton High School in 1969, and after graduating from James Madison University, Fran returned to Southampton County and taught math for 40 years. Family, friends, reading, NASCAR, and wine were just a few things that brought joy to her life.

Fran was a member of the Boykins Junior Woman’s Club for 15 years, followed by 25 years as a member of the GFWC Tarrara Woman’s Club (Virginia), where she held several club officer and chairman positions, including GFWC Southside District Parliamentarian. She was also a member of Virginia HOBY, and a charter member of Boykins Ladies Auxiliary.

Fran is predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Miriam Premaza, as well as a sister, Joyce Premaza. She is survived by her loving husband, Glenn W. Edwards; sons, Christopher Daryl Cox (Ellen), Brian J. Cox, and Daniel C. Cox; her daughter, Virginia G. Barner; her sister, Dorothy Hickman (Wilton); her nephew, D. Craig Hickman; and two grandnephews, Douglas C. Hickman and Andrew J. Hickman.

If you would like to pay your respects, there will be a visitation on Sunday, January 7th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Wright Funeral Home Boykins Chapel (32247 South Main St., Boykins, VA 23827), and a memorial service held on Monday, January 8th at 11:00 at Boykins Methodist Church (32167 S. Main St. Boykins, Virginia 23827). In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the local food pantry, or the Boykins Fire Department & Rescue Squad.

Fran Edwards was a beloved member of the GFWC family and will forever be remembered for her hard work and kind heart.


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