Mary Frances Hill Eldridge, 83, beloved
wife, mother, and community volunteer, passed away peacefully at Duke Hospice
at the Meadowlands on
Affectionately known as Mf and Mary Fran,
she was born in
She graduated from Princeton High School in
1944 and the Indiana University School of Nursing in 1947. She was an
R.N. and worked in
She met her husband, Fred at the
She had been active with a number of
organizations since moving to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area in 1973 from
Mf was honored with several recognitions for her community service: Service to Mankind Award for significant and meritorious service from Sertoma International in 1996; Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in 2001; and Community Service Award from the Durham-Orange County Medical Society in 2002.
Although her activities were seriously limited following the stroke that she suffered in September 2004, Mf continued to be a weekly volunteer at the Carrboro Branch Library until the time of her death. The family expresses deep gratitude to staff and friends at the library for all that they did for Mf over the past few years. In addition, the family expresses gratitude to Golden Eldercare Management and the staff at Nurse Care of N.C. for providing professional support.
Mf is survived by her husband of 59 years, Frederick Louis Eldridge, her “gem” who devotedly and lovingly cared for her since her stroke in 2004; daughter, Karen Marie Eldridge of Carrboro; son, Charles Frederic Eldridge, his wife, Jane Marlene Howard; and their children, Alyssa Blair Eldridge and Adrian Howard Eldridge of Seattle; her brother, William Allen Hill; sister-in-law, Betty Elshoff Hill of Evansville; their four children and their families.
A celebration of Mf’s life is planned for June.
Arrangements by the Cremation
Society of the