ELIZABETHTOWN - Frances Ann Thew Tryon, 72, passed away after a brief illness Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at the Elizabethtown Community Hospital, Elizabethtown.
Born in Lake Placid, N.Y., on March 25, 1939, Frannie, as she was known to family and friends, was the daughter of the late Francis and Marion (Brittell) Thew.
Frannie grew up in Lake Placid, graduated from Lake Placid Central School and attended Plattsburgh State College. In June 1959, she married Newman Durand Tryon in Lake Placid; they lived in California, Wales, and New Jersey before moving to Elizabethtown shortly after Newman's retirement from AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1990.
After raising three children, Frannie began doing cross-stitching and quilting and over the years, created many beautiful samplers, embroideries and quilts, both cloth and crocheted. She would pore over catalogs, selecting her patterns and colors with great care, creating what are now exquisite family heirlooms. She made up tiny pillows with funny or serious quotes, making her own patterns of stitching intertwined with flowers; at Christmas, she cross stitched tree ornaments for family and friends, often featuring a whimsical cat or dog.
Frannie also had a keen interest in the Thew and Brittell family genealogy and was a valued contributor to the privately published "Our Thew Family Heritage," by Diana Bastian and Linda Carver. As a Mayflower descendant of William Brewster, she was an avid reader of early colonial American history and the Revolutionary War, as well as the history of England, liking both factual history as well as historical fiction.
During the fall and winter months, Frannie faithfully fed the wild birds, ensuring each feeder was always full; with the beginning of spring, she looked forward to the blooming of the Adirondack wildflowers. But it was the coming of the hummingbirds she most eagerly anticipated; by early May, she had her feeders out and ready to go, welcoming the males first, followed several weeks later by their female mates. All summer, there was a veritable colony living around the house and the camp, and sitting on the porch, one could hear the constant humming of their wings. Through to the fall, she nurtured and tended to her flock, creating another generation to return the following year, as they will again next spring.
She is survived by her husband, Newman Tryon of Elizabethtown; sister, Stella Eliza Gill of Gwynn Oak, Md.; daughter, Ann Marie Tryon of Troy, and her daughters, Savannah and Kimberly Bower of Wilmington, N.C.; and two sons, James Andrew and his son, Trevor of Chase Mills, and Dana Francis and his wife, Zhihui Bian of East Greenwich, R.I.; her brother's wife, Lola Thew Collinson of Lewis; and her sister Nancy's husband, John Lawrence. In addition, Frannie is survived by 25 nieces and nephews; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Although her dear Trixie, the family dog, passed a year ago, her beloved Wally, the cat, survives.
In addition to her parents, Frannie is predeceased by her brother, Spencer Frederick Thew; and sisters, Elizabeth Marion McDonald, Nancy Margaret Lawrence, Fern Agnes O'Shea, and Mary Jane White.
Frannie's favorite quote was "In family she was rich beyond measure," but it was Frannie who provided the richness; she was a gentle, caring woman and her family and friends were truly blessed to have known her.
Calling hours were Monday, Jan. 9 at Marvin's Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. A burial service will be held at a later date in the Elizabethtown River Side Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Frances' memory may be made to the FitzPatrick Cancer Center at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh.
For online condolences, please visit www.wmmarvins.com.