Written on: March 20, 2017
Sister Frances C. Whitman, GNSH, formerly Sister Frances Marian, age 90, died March 18, 2017 in the 53rd year of her religious life at Holy Redeemer Lafayette. A native of Atlanta, GA, she entered the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart in 1964 after employment as an Executive Secretary for Atlanta architectural firms for more than a decade.
For 39 years as a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart her ministry was in Atlanta. Initially she taught at Immaculate Heart of Mary School (1967-70) and later, after receiving an MA in Elementary Education Administration from Georgia State, she served as principal (1971-76) at IHM. For the next 28 years, (1976 to 2004) she was engaged in administrative work in the Court (Tribunal) System of the Catholic Church at the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Retiring in 2004, she remained in Atlanta until 2006 when she moved to the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart Motherhouse, Yardley, PA. In retirement at the Motherhouse and D’Youville Manor, she led a centering prayer group for sisters and laity that met on a regular basis.
In addition to her religious congregation, she is survived by nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, Hollis H and Rosa Fink Whitman, a sister, Rosalie and brother, Hollis Whitman.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday March 25, beginning with a viewing at 9:30 am, and memory sharing at 9:45 am, with Mass celebrated at 10:30 am the Holy Redeemer Sisters Chapel, 521 Moredon Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem, PA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Sister Frances’ memory may be made online to the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, or by mail at the following address:14500 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116-1188.
Funeral arrangements by Beck-Givnish Funeral Homes, Inc.