Frances M. Leatherbury

Frances M. Leatherbury, daughter of Etta Beckett and the late Charles Beckett, Sr., was born in Chance, Maryland on October 12, 1946. God gently called Frances to her heavenly home on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland.

At an early age, Frances accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and joined St. Charles United Methodist Church in Chance.  She received her formal education in the Somerset County Public Schools System.  On December 11, 1965, Frances was joined in holy matrimony to the late Lt. Colonel Ernest J. Leatherbury, Sr.  From this union, three sons were born.  Frances was employed for many years at the Somerset County Departmeent of Social Services from which she retired.

A devoted mother and grandmother, Frances loved her family dearly.  More than anything, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends traveling.

Frances was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles, Jr. and Rev. Noah Beckett, and one sister Martha Cephas.

In addition to her mother, she leaves to cherish fond memories three sons, Ernest, Jr. (Michelle), Eric, and Franklin Leatherbury; five grandchildren, Marquis, Ernest III and Shane Leatherbury, Jordan Maddox and Danera Hall; three sisters, Justina Moore (John), Viola Bivens (Carter Adolph, Sr.) and Bertha Spates (Lamont); one brother John Beckett; one sister-in-law, Helen Beckett and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday April 1, 2013 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Quantico, Maryland where the Rev. Lawrence Purnell, Sr. will be the Eulogist.  Interment will be at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron, Maryland.

4 Responses to “Frances M. Leatherbury”

  • I have nothing but pleasant memories of you Aunt Frances, one of the sweetest women I’ve ever known. You always had a kind word, and an infectious smile, and a radiant smile that would light up a room. You were the Aunt that we all wanted to be around. No more suffering, no more pain. I know you have found the Eternal peace you so greatly deserve. Tell Uncle Ernie I said “Hi” and I love and miss you both.

    Your Loving Nephew,
    Winfield Leatherbury Jr. & Family
    Woodbridge, VA

  • Tony Sarbanes:

    I was very sorry to read about the loss of Frances. I remember her best about her marriage to Ernie Sr. and being the mother to three fine sons. I really knew Ernie Sr. and Ernie Jr. the best in that family but I also know that she was instrumental in making each of those men the fine individuals that they are. Ernie Sr. and I played basketball against each other in the former County league. We often spoke of those days and on each occasion, we got better and the games became more exciting. Our family has always had the highest regard and respect for the entire Leatherbury family. I know her family will have many fond memories to cherish in the years ahead. I would be remiss if I also did not mention her close relationship with Louise Whittington who is also a lovely lady and whose friendship she deeply valued. You will be in our prayers and thoughts and may God bless Frances as she now joins Ernie in life eternal. With deepest sympathies. Tony Sarbanes

  • Harlan and Wanda Melton and Family:

    We will miss you Frances. Thanks for the wonderful times that we shared with you and Ernest and the family. We did not get to fulfill our plan for you to come visit with us for awhile, but we will cherish the memories of the times we had together. Ernie, Eric, Frank and family, you are in our prayers. May God bless and give you strength as you go through this difficult time in your life. You are in our prayers.

    Harlan and Wanda Melton and family
    Capitol Heights, MD

  • Eric Trader:

    To Ernie, Eric, Frank, and the rest of the family. God has called Ms. Frances home to paradise to begin a life a new far from worldly troubles. Look to the Hills for comfort knowing that she and Mr. Ernie are together again, and you will see her again some day.

    In our Prayers,

    Eric & Kelly Trader

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