Laconia-----Frances Wallis Sandford, 89, of 21 Ledges Drive died peacefully with her daughters at her side on March 24, 2006.
She was born June 7, 1916 in Watertown, MA, the daughter of George Edward Wallis and Marcia Kimball Perkins.
She was raised in Wenham, MA and attended Wenham schools until her family moved to Chicago, IL where she graduated from Evanston High School, Evanston, Ill.
She graduated from Connecticut College in 1937 with a degree in Mathematics.
She married Addison Lawton Sandford of Ware, MA on September 1, 1939. They embarked on a honeymoon cruise to Havana, Cuba beginning a life-time of traveling together.
She and “Sandy” moved to Wayland, MA where they raised their girls and became active in the community. She was a Girl Scout leader, a member of the Wayland Woman’s Club and Garden Club and a member of the Weston Country Club and the Weston Curling Club where she achieved the position of “skip” (captain). She volunteered in numerous ways in the community and was an activist for improving the local schools. She loved to play bridge and was considered an expert by all those who played with her. She loved flowers and was an experienced flower arranger often using the art of Japanese Ikebana to create peaceful and beautiful arrangements.
She and Sandy enjoyed summers on Lake Winnipesaukee beginning in 1946 on Locke’s Island. In 1947 they bought land on Governor’s Island and built a summer cottage there in 1948. In 1971 they decided to retire to the island and began remodeling the cottage for year-round use. A disastrous fire destroyed the house two weeks before they were to occupy it.
A new house was constructed, which Frances designed, modeling it after their home in Wayland.
In the summers when her girls were young she was active in the Young People’s Association on the island and was a past director of the Governor’s Island Club, Inc.
She was a former member of Waukewan Golf Club. Frances was the ultimate hostess and enjoyed planning parties and gatherings for family and friends. She was a wonderful cook and loved to experiment with recipes and create new ones.
She had a passion for travel and saw almost the entire world traveling with Sandy and friends. Their Safari in Africa, where she spent the night in Treetops, was her favorite adventure.
She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Addison L. Sandford and her sister Elizabeth W. Dodge both in 1997.
She is survived by her beloved daughters Carolyn S. Scattergood of Gilford, NH and Marcia S. Wilkins of Hanover, NH and her adored grandchildren Deborah S. Clough of Acton, MA, Joseph A. Scattergood of Derry, NH and Paul S. Wilkins of Weston, MA.
She is also survived by her great grandchildren Brian A. Clough and Hannah S. Clough of Acton, MA and Quinn J. Scattergood of Derry, NH.
She also leaves behind a sister-in-law Eleanor W. Sandford of Williamsburg, VA and a brother-in-law Albert W. Dodge of Wenham, MA and one nephew and 2 nieces.
There will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 11:00AM at the Gilford Community Church, Potter Hill Road, Gilford, NH. Rev. Michael Graham, Pastor of the Church, will officiate.
Burial will be held at a later date in the family lot at Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Health & Hospice, Inc., 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements.