Ever meet a stranger? Fran didn't. After a courageous battle with cancer, Frances "Fran" Roberts Burwell passed away on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.
She was born on Feb. 20, 1946, in Sanford, Florida. She proudly called Asheville, North Carolina, home since she spent her formative years there in those wonderful mountains. She was educated at Lee H. Edwards High School (1964) and Asheville Biltmore College. After living in Greensboro, North Carolina, for 42 years, she leaves many dear friends and colleagues. She retired from the law firm of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey and Leonard after 20 years, where she formed such wonderful relationships that she called them "family." Also, there are three very special friends she loved to her soul. Thank you Joel, Sam and Mickey. You meant the world to her. There is also a best friend, Bill Rogers, from Lee Edwards High school with whom she enjoyed many fine times. Then, you know of course, she simply loved you, Bish Rainey (Lorraine Johnson). A mention of great thanks to the "Two Peach Providing Queens" of Eagle Point, Marie and Scotty. They shared many a good midnight snack together alone.
A very special love and thanks to Gina Wilson, FNP-BC, who was Fran's professional angel through it all, and respect for her God-sent nurse, Pam Weinberg.
After retirement, Fran moved to Lake Marion, Manning, with the love of her life and survivor of 28 years, Robert P. Burwell Jr. She never knew such love as she did with Robert. Also left to survive is her special little sidekick, Madeleine Schnoodle.
She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph "Joe" Roberts and Cecelia "Ceil" Roberts of Manning. God certainly has His hands full now with all three of them.
In lieu of flowers, she requests memorials be made to Shriners Crippled Children's Hospital, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.
Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179. www.stephensfuneralhome.org
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