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Frances Copeland Stickles
Service: A memorial service will occur in spring.
Location: To be announced at a later date.

Frances Copeland Stickles

Activist and author Frances Copeland Stickles died in her home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on January 9, 2018.  Born on March 3, 1929, in Portland, Oregon, Franghie moved to Seattle and graduated from Broadway High School.  She earned a B.A. in philosophy from Whitman College and an M.A. in library science at the University of Washington.  From 1952-55 she taught at the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon and then served as its first ever librarian.  Franghie worked as a librarian in the Bellevue, Washington schools, married Milton "Jack" Stickles in 1957, and moved with him to Washington, D.C. and then the Maryland suburbs.

In Lebanon, Franghie learned of the plight of Palestinian refugees and dedicated herself to humanitarian assistance and advocacy.  She volunteered for American Near East Regugee Aid (ANERA) throughout its 50-year history, serving several terms on the board and as founding chair of the education committee.  She introduced the cause of peace and justice for Palestine to Westmoreland United Church of Christ, of which she was a member.

Franghie served on the board and as president of the National Capital Area YWCA in the 1970s. She was a lifelong Girl Scout and a member of the Society of Woman Geographers from 2000 onward. 

She authored The Land and People of Jordan (with her father, Paul Copeland), Land Between, Flag Balloon, A Crown for Henrietta Maria, and Another Sort of Pioneer.

 She is survived by daughter Mary Stickles (Edward Schack) of Wheaton, Maryland; son James Stickles (Suzy Hopper) of Roswell, Georgia; sister Margaret “Peggy” Corley of Seattle; and grandchildren Elizabeth and Willie Schack, and Scott Stickles.  A memorial service will occur in spring.  Donations in memory of Frances Stickles can be made to ANERA’s education program, 1111 14th Street NW, #4, Washington, DC 20005. 

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