Frances D. Bortz

Jan 14, 2021
Frances Bortz

Searsmont — Frances D. Bortz died peacefully at her home Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, after a short illness, surrounded by her family and her son, Richard, by her side.

Born April 19, 1931, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of Major General Howard C. Davidson, USAF retired, and Mary Patterson Davidson. She graduated from the Madeira School and Bennett Junior College and spent most of her adult life taking care of her family.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Richard F. Bortz, whom she married May 21, 1955; brother Stuart C. Davidson and grandson Collin S. Martin.

Frances is survived by her children and their spouses Julia B. Pyatt of Denver, Colo., Emily S. Bortz of Reading, Penn., Dinah B. Moyer and her husband Jeff of Vinalhaven, Frances “Eve” Davies of Ormond Beach, Fla., Richard C. Bortz of North Haven and Sarah B. Martin and her husband George of Searsmont.

Devoted to her family and as “Grandy,” she was a wonderful, caring grandmother to Richard and Sarah Pyatt, Athena and Hunter Bortz, William and Jack Davies, and Morgan and Tyler Martin. She is survived by her twin sister Julia S. Cheshire (John) and eldest sister Mary H.D. Swift, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She lived with her daughter, Sarah and her family, for the past seven years after living in Reading, Penn., since her marriage.

She made everyone she met feel welcome and had a generous heart. Frances enjoyed arranging flowers and loved playing tennis until age 80. She had a special place in her heart for animals, owning many dogs, cats, chickens, horses and other animals throughout her life. She especially loved Jack Russell terriers with her latest companion, Bill, holding a special place in her heart for over 13 years.

She loved spending summers in North Haven, where she was a member of the North Haven Baptist Church, North Haven Casino, Fox Islands Concerts and the North Haven Garden Club.

While living in Reading, Penn., she was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Planned Parenthood, the Junior League of Reading, the Limekiln Hunt, Hillcrest Tennis Club and Friends of the Freedman Gallery.

Her good friend, Boots Fehr, will miss her.

Funeral services at Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading, Penn., will be announced in the spring. A memorial service is planned for North Haven this summer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pope Memorial Humane Society, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland ME 04841 or the American Diabetes Association.

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