Frances Louise (Hilliard) Clinton of Camden-Wyoming passed into eternal peace on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at her home with family by her side.

Frances Louise (Hilliard) Clinton of Camden-Wyoming passed into eternal peace on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at her home with family by her side.

Frances was born July 10, 1922; raised in Haverhill, Mass.; graduated from Exeter Female Seminary and then Boston Children’s Hospital as a registered nurse in 1944.  She moved to Delaware with her family in 1962 and became active in teaching Sunday School at People’s United Church of Christ and in leading a 4-H club.  In 1983, Frances received her Associates Degree in Accounting from Wesley College while working for International Playtex.  Retiring in 1986 after 23 years, Frances enjoyed traveling with her husband all over the United States and into Canada in their camper.  They visited Alaska and she traveled to Hawaii.

Children have always been her passion as evidenced by her volunteering at church, in 4-H, with Adopt-a-Family, and as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for abused and neglected children in Kent County Family Court.  Frances was active in Church Women United, Women’s Fellowship at People’s Church and 4-H Order of Links.  She received the Governor’s Award for volunteerism in 1998 and the Jefferson Award for volunteerism in 2010.  Frances was a founding director of Caring Hearts Helping Hands that helps financially challenged working families here in Kent County.  She made a difference in so many lives she touched.

Frances’s passing follows that of her husband of nearly 67 years, Earl E. Clinton; her parents, Leon and Marie Louise Hilliard; two sisters, Denise Hillner and Betty Papandrew.  She leaves behind her sister, Gloria and Charles Modisett of Colorado; four daughters; Marie Clement of Felton; Barbara Roos of Warren, N.J.; Bette (BJ) and David Van Kavelaar of Wyoming; and Christina Smith of New Castle; eight grand-children: Brian and Polly Benson of Atlanta; Robert and Annette Roos of Wyoming; Jesse and Laura Connor of Dover; Jennifer Roos of Upper Eddy, Pa.; Jacqueline and James Murphy of Malvern, Pa., Jeffrey Connor of Wyoming; Matthew and Terri Smith of Stryker, Ohio; and Jodi Smith of Newark; and 10 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to People’s United Church of Christ, 46 S. Bradford St., Dover, 19901; Caring Hearts Helping Hands, Inc., P.O. Box 415, Camden, 19934 or the Delaware 4-H Foundation, c/o University of Delaware, 113 Townsend Hall, Newark, 19716.

A memorial service is scheduled at People’s Church at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2nd where friends may call an hour earlier.  Interment will immediately follow at Barratt’s Chapel Cemetery. 

Arrangements are being made by Pippins’ Funeral Home of Wyoming.