Posted: Friday, July 07, 2000

Frances J. Edgecomb

Longtime Alaska resident Frances J. Edgecomb died June 19, 2000, in her home in Sitka.

She was born Nov. 16, 1915, near Lynden, Wash.

She moved to Pelican in 1948 where she met and married Bill Edgecomb. The couple spent the next decade running several businesses in Pelican including a restaurant, The Fiddlers' Green cookhouse, and Franny & Bill's, a soda fountain and variety store where her milkshakes were famous. The family moved in 1959 to Sitka, where she worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 17 years. After her retirement, she and her husband bought Sitka Arts and Crafts and changed the name to Edgecombs' Arts and Crafts. They sold the store in 1987.

After her husband's death in 1992, she kept busy with gardening and community service. She read to children, participated in committees on aging and volunteered at Sheldon Jackson Museum. She also enjoyed painting, carving and was an avid card player.

She is survived by her daughter Alice May (and husband Jon Wolcott) of Juneau; granddaughter Billie Otto (and husband Steve) of Tacoma, Wash.; grandson Jim Wolcott (and wife Deb) of Santa Cruz, Calif.; two great-grandchildren and many friends.

Graveside services were held on June 26 at Sitka Memorial Park.

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