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Frances Ehlenfeldt

Frances Ehlenfeldt (McGhee)

Monday, March 12th, 1923 - Tuesday, September 15th, 2020
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Obituary

Frances McGhee Ehlenfeldt, 97, of Salem, Virginia, died on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Frances was born on March 12, 1923, in Belfry, Kentucky. She was one of the youngest of 12 children and was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lelia McGhee; her husband, Karl F. Ehlenfeldt; and her brothers and sisters.
Her parents moved to Salem during the Great Depression when she was six years old in hopes of a better future for the family. She grew up in Salem and graduated from Andrew Lewis High School. She was known to some as “Hook”, a nickname she apparently got in school because guys were drawn to her. She graduated from National Business College and worked in the Trust Department at Colonial American Bank. She married Karl F. Ehlenfeldt, who was a District Manager with Shell Oil Company in Roanoke, and they were transferred to Iowa and later New Jersey. While in New Jersey, she was blessed with two wonderful daughters.
Frances and Karl moved to Miami Beach, Florida for a warmer climate. They lived there for several years enjoying the beach and their boat “The FRA-LI-DA”, named after Frances, Lisa, and Dawn. Karl passed away there, and Frances moved back to Salem in 1973 to be with her family. She made her life around family and tried to be a model single parent during the 1970s when few children grew up with one parent. She led a simple life – raising her daughters, attending family reunions, feeding birds, listening to music, and making photo albums. She read voraciously, finding interest and insight in history about U.S. Presidents and Generals. In her life, she developed a strong sense of determination and frugality and yet had a big heart that inspired others. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Salem and the Athenian Club of Roanoke.
She is survived by her daughters, Lisa Ehlenfeldt Cable, and Dawn Deborah Ehlenfeldt, and numerous nieces and nephews. Lisa and Dawn would like to thank the staff at Snyder’s Nursing Home for their loving care and the tremendous support they provided their mother over the last three years.
A funeral service to celebrate her life will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2020, at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Everett Kier officiating. Burial will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem.
Friends may visit with the family on Friday from 1 p.m. until the service hour at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnmoakey.com.


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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 18th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, September 18th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    Address
    305 Roanoke Blvd.
    Salem, VA 24153
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  • Service

    Friday, September 18th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, September 18th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    Address
    305 Roanoke Blvd.
    Salem, VA 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Everett Kier
  • Interment

    Friday, September 18th, 2020 |
    When
    Friday, September 18th, 2020
    Location
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    Address
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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Julia Young Bennett

Posted at 11:29am
Greetings Lisa and Dawn, your mother and my parents share connections, both family & friends. My father, Delma Young, and Frances were cousins. And my mother’s sister, Julia Metz, was very close to your family while you were in Miami. I have fond memories of your mother. She was so outgoing and always interesting to talk to. Dawn, I remember you and your mother attending a family reunion at my home many years ago. I would like to get together in the near future. Perhaps our cousin Judy Ingram Rayburn could join us.
I will remember your and your family in my prayers.
- Julia Young Bennett
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Nancy Davis

Posted at 07:58pm
My love And condolences are with you,Lisa and Dawn... your mom had to be a special lady to have two wonderful and beautiful daughters as you. Love u.
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Judy Raborn

Posted at 11:01am
Lisa and Dawn, We were so sorry to hear about your mother. The times I met her, she was such a sweet lady. You are in our thoughts and prayers, With sympathy, Al and Judy Ingram Raborn
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Stephanie Flowers

Posted at 01:46pm
Lisa and Dawn , your in our thoughts and prayers Love Stephanie, Vince , Julie , Jason ,Kellie and Kris
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Posted at 12:25pm
We were so sorry to hear about your Mom. I know she was a wonderful person and a great lady. Just look at the two if you Much love. Nancy and Herbie
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