Frances Graham Nathanson

Published 12:01 am Monday, January 27, 2014

NATCHEZ — Graveside services for Frances Graham Nathanson, 90, of Natchez, who died peacefully Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at Natchez Community Hospital, will be 11 a.m. today at Wintergreen Cemetery in Port Gibson with the Rev. Wayne Spencer officiating.

Mrs. Nathanson was born Nov. 23, 1923, the daughter of Pete Turney Graham and Charlie Aline Dickinson Graham. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed sewing, cooking, reading, playing bridge and visiting with her friends and family. She was a native of Red Lick and a longtime resident of Natchez.

She was a graduate of Red Lick High School and a magna cum laude graduate of Mississippi State College for Women, where she was Mortar Board president. She married the first love of her life, Patrick Paul King, also of Red Lick, in 1945, and enjoyed teaching math at Red Lick High School, Fayette High School and Trinity Episcopal Day School. After her first husband’s death, she married the second love of her life, Marty Nathanson, in 1986.

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First Baptist Church in Natchez was a very important part of her life for many years. She became an inspiration to so many by her will to keep attending church long after her health declined. Glen Harrison would lovingly push her in her wheelchair to her spot on the back row of FBC each Sunday.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husbands.

Survivors include four daughters, Camille Morris and husband, Bill, of Jackson, Patricia Cloutier and husband, Lawrie, of Natchez, Kathy Wicker and husband, Bill, of Atlanta and Carol Anne Blitzer and husband, Sid, of Baton Rouge; one son, Neal Nathanson and wife, Jeanne, of Bethesda, Md.; nine grandchildren, Camille Hellwig and husband, Jason, of New York City, Kathryn Trotter and husband, Chris, of Atlanta, Patrick Rogers and wife, Lenee, of Dallas, Brynson Rogers and wife, Shelley, of New Orleans, Wesley Rogers and wife, Anne, of Madison, Sarah Lindsey Rogers of New Orleans, Rebekah Balnchard of Dallas and Quint Blanchard and Patrick Blanchard, both of Natchez; eight great-grandchildren, Kathryn Jane Hellwig of New York City, Caroline and Eliza Trotter of Atlanta, Charles Patrick Rogers of Dallas, Adalyn Blanchard and Annabeth Blanchard of Natchez, and Hunter and her special great-granddaugther Emma Rogers of Natchez, who loved to show “Gran” her newest ballet moves.

Pallbearers will be Patrick Rogers, Brynson Rogers, Wesley Rogers, Quint Blanchard, Patrick Blanchard, Fred Stuart and Glenn Harrison.

The family is greatly appreciative for her devoted caretakers, Doris Lewis, Bertha Holeman and Dorothy Shropshire.

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