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Frances Stambaugh
Viewing: October 21, 2016 (Friday) from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Service: October 22, 2016 (Saturday) at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Guild Memorial Chapel at Asbury Methodist Village, 201 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877

     On Sunday, October 16, 2016, surrounded by her family at her home.  Remembered as strong, thoughtful, intelligent, loving, with a good sense of humor and a deep faith.  Dear wife for 56 years of Thomas H. Stambaugh, predeceased; devoted mother of Laura Anne, predeceased, Thomas M. and his wife, Valerie Greger; adoring grandmother of Kate and her husband, Trevor Smith, Sarah, Samuel, Jack and Liza Stambaugh; loving sister of Marion Stephenson Caflisch and her husband, Frank, both predeceased; and aunt of niece Carol Caflisch and her partner Tim Smith, nephew Stephen Caflisch, his wife, Buffy, and their children Jane, her spouse Han, and their son, Nice, and Tim and his wife Amelia.

     Frances was born November 30, 1924, in Winnfield, LA.  She moved with her family to Washington, D.C. in 1933, graduating from Eastern High School in 1942 in the top academic ranks of her class.  She graduated from Baylor University in Waco, TX in 1946 with a major in English literature and a minor in history.

     Her lifelong passion for books and literature led her to the University of Maryland's newly established Graduate Library School, where she earned her Master's degree in library science in the first graduating class in 1966.  Frances was promoted to head librarian of Aspen Hill Community Library within a year of its April 1967 opening.  In 1974, she was promoted to asst. chief of public service in the Library Dept. Administration.  She retired after 12 years in this role, greatly appreciated by her staff.  Frances enjoyed the monthly book discussion meetings of retired librarian friends over the years, continuing until her death.

     Frances married Thomas H. Stambaugh on Oct. 18, 1947, and remained happily married until his 2004 death.  They had a son, Thomas McLeod, in 1952, and a daughter, Laura Anne, in 1959.  Laura Anne had serious health problems and died in 1962.  Frances and her husband, Tom, became active in the Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church.  She served as a deacon, as a Stephen minister, on the Library Comittee, and in the Presbyterian Women's Circles.

     Frances moved to Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, MD, after being widowed.  She plunged into activities there, making new friends and enjoying stimulating conversations over dinners.  She maintained close contact with both her Boston family and the local family of her sister.  After their spouses died, her brother-in-law Frank became a dear friend.  Her nephew and niece, Stephen and Carol Caflisch, were like her own children.

     Relatives and friends may call on Friday, October 21st from 2-4 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. at DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Dr., Gaithersburg, MD.  Services will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at 2:00 p.m. in the Guild Memorial Chapel at the Asbury Methodist Village campus in Gaithersburg.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Friends of the Library Montgomery County, MD (

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