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In Memory of

Frances Vincent Gudely

February 2, 1929 - October 10, 2016

Obituary


Frances Ann Vincent Gudely was called home by our Lord on Monday, October 10, 2016.

Frances was born on February 2, 1929 to William Henry Vincent and Marion Vincent in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. She was one of six children, third from the oldest. She was a graduate of Aurelian Springs High School in 1947, where she was active in girl's varsity basketball, softball and field hockey. She later attended East Carolina Teachers College.

In 1950 Frances moved to Washington, D.C. with her sister, Patricia, where she met the love of her life,...

Frances Ann Vincent Gudely was called home by our Lord on Monday, October 10, 2016.

Frances was born on February 2, 1929 to William Henry Vincent and Marion Vincent in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. She was one of six children, third from the oldest. She was a graduate of Aurelian Springs High School in 1947, where she was active in girl's varsity basketball, softball and field hockey. She later attended East Carolina Teachers College.

In 1950 Frances moved to Washington, D.C. with her sister, Patricia, where she met the love of her life, Lt. Edward M. Gudely. After they were married, she had the pleasure of traveling the world at his side. They were stationed in Japan and Germany and returned to the United States to raise a family of four children, Edward Michael II, Lori Lee, William Scott, and Christy Lynn.

While stationed in Japan with her husband, she learned to play golf, a sport for which she would have a lifelong passion. Fran played Friday Night Couples Golf with her husband at Springfield Golf and Country Club, and competed in many woman's amateur golf events in the Washington metro area. She enjoyed playing golf with her sister, Patricia. Frances was fortunate enough to have scored a hole in one playing in a couple's tournament. She hung the scorecard on the wall in her office for all to see.

During Frances professional career she worked for the Army Material Command (AMC) for more than 30 years. She thoroughly enjoyed the challenges her position presented. She excelled as she was honored with many awards. In addition to the professional success she had while working at AMC, Frances developed a number of lifelong friendships which she cherished. Fran remained in contact with her friends from AMC after her retirement in 2000. Not a day went by where she did not happily reflect on her time at AMC as well as all of her friends.

Later in life, Frances enjoyed spending time with her ten grandchildren and watching them grow. Not only did she raise four amazing children, she had a hand in nurturing her grandchildren of whom she was able to see two get married, three graduate from college and six graduate from high school. When she was not taking care of all of her family in any way she could, she enjoyed going to shows, shopping and visiting new restaurants. She frequented the Fairfax County Senior Citizens Center, maintained regular hair appointments, and ensured she was always on top of current political events.

For those who had the blessing to be loved by Fran, which was many, it would come as no surprise; nothing gave her greater joy than spending time with those that she loved. She cared very deeply for all and was very blessed herself to have some many in her life that loved her as she did them.

She was an extremely vivacious person, a wonderful wife, devoted mother, grandmother and terrific sibling. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. May God bless her soul.

Frances is predeceased by her husband, the late Lt. Col Edward M. Gudely (US Army), her father William Henry Vincent, mother Marion Vincent, and brothers, William H. Vincent, Jr, and Edwin Vincent.

Frances is survived by sisters, Patricia Leder, and Lou Barnes, and brother, Joseph B. Vincent. Additionally, she is survived by four children, son Edward Michael Gudely, II, wife Teresa, and grandchildren Brian Gudely, Sarah Holt, and Jordan Gudely; daughter Lori L. Gudely and granddaughter Christy G. Esteve; son William Scott Gudely, wife Erica, and grandchildren Vincent Gudely, Brandon Gudely, and Kyle Gudely; daughter Christy Lynn Gudely Helton, husband Brad and grandchildren, Taylor Helton, Zach Helton and Riley Helton.

The family has requested donations be made to American Lung Association.


Arrangements under the direction of Demaine Funeral Home, Springfield, VA.