Frances Jeannette Fitzgerald, 89, of Salisbury, died Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. Born in & Elizabeth Jones Loehoefer.
She graduated in 1940 from Anacostia High School where she won a scholarship to the National Art School (Corcoran School of Art). While attending school, she was also employed by the Army Corps of Engineers during the construction of Washington National Airport. Upon completion of the airport in 1942 she transferred with the Corps to the War Department.
After marriage and three children, she returned to the business world as a legal secretary in various law firms concluding with 20 years at the law firm of Clayton L. Burwell in Washington, DC. She retired to the Eastern Shore in Salisbury, MD.
Jeannette was an accomplished artist and devoted her retirement years to her art. She had many friends. She was a member of the Wicomico Presbyterian Church, The Art Institute and Gallery, Attic Artists, Happy Timers, and the IRP. Before retiring to the Eastern Shore to be near her family, she was active in many organizations; she is a past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 9619 in Morningside, MD, where she was a member for 56 years. She also served as president of the Women's Aviation Club in Washington, DC, president of the Southern Maryland Art League in Clinton, MD and president of Chi Sigma Sorority, Zeta Chapter. She is survived by her children and their spouses: Patricia and Kenneth, Daniel and Susan and Kevin and Wendy and their families; her grandchildren: Bart, Fawn, Evan and Christian and her great-grandchildren: Katelin, Alissa, Julie, Sascha Dove and Nora Lark.
She will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with her husband, Wilfred (Woody) Fitzgerald, who preceded her in death on March 9, 1966.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury. Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 pm and Saturday one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Dr. Donald M. Rising will officiate.
Committal services will be held at the Post Chapel in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 1 p.m.
Memorial contributions can be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, 501 Snow Hill Rd. Salisbury, Maryland 21804.