Sister Frances Whitman

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.


7 thoughts on “Sister Frances Whitman

  1. Bro Dave Eubank, ms (gnsha) says:

    She will be missed… May she rest in the strong arms of her Eternal Father while having fun with Ruth, Beth and all in heaven.
    My prayers to all…

  2. Joan Clarke Fitzgerald says:

    A truly wonderful daughter of St. Marguerite! She always made me smile many years ago in the Novitiate! My prayers and thoughts are with all her Sisters!

  3. Peggy Crane says:

    Wow, this hits close to home. Sister Frances Marian to me–always such a presence. I saw her last year, didn’t know if she may have been ill and never thought about what her could be. Such a loss to her Sisters.

  4. Sue Scallan says:

    …May the Angels lead her into Paradise…

  5. Alma Troiano says:

    So many novitiate memories of an elegant lady. She was in the thick of it with everyone else. One very hot day in the dish room, I was mumbling about something or other, and we had a very interesting talk (even though we were supposed to be in silence). Haven’t forgotten it yet!

    God bless Frances and her memory. What a beautiful soul!!

  6. Eileen Dawson says:

    Frances was the “doyenne” (oldest) in our band. We often went to her for advice and she would say in her southern drawl “I don’t know. Remember, I got here the same day y’all did!” I had lunch with her several years ago and she was, as always, a pleasure to be with. My sympathies to her family and the Grey Nun community.

  7. Andy Hoeckele, BS, MA - Chancery Finance says:

    Sr. Frances was such a great teacher & mentor. When I first started at the Tribunal in Atlanta, she was so kind, understanding and helpful to this “newbie”. There is a special place in heaven for her.

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