(1926 – 1977)
Frances Parsons was the quiet, unassuming girl others could count on. They counted on her to do her best and to bring out the best in those around her. This is what her 4-H Club Leader remembered most about young Frances at Oak Grove Hill School in Jefferson County, where she was born and raised. These leadership abilities provided her with the ambition to go to college and then dedicate her life to helping others.
After a 1952 graduation from Auburn University, Frances was appointed to the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service. First of all, she was a student home demonstration agent in Etowah County. Then she became the home demonstration agent in Franklin County. She served in this position for seven years.
She exhibited the same leadership qualities in her work as a home agent as she had shown in her early school years as a member of the 4-H Club. She is remembered fondly by those she served. Her quiet, unassuming ways made her many friends with her co-workers and her clientele.
Frances resigned in 1959 to become Mrs. Ford Pace. They lived in Spruce Pine and had one son, Anthony Paul. While tending to her family, she also found time to be a member of the local Homemakers Club and to teach in the local school system.
Death claimed Frances when she was but 51 years of age. We are proud to honor the life and work of this wonderful lady by placing the name of Frances Parsons Pace on the dedicatory plaque of the Extension Memorial Chapel.
Chapel Plaque Inscription Number: 36