Frances Babb Andrews

Jun 21, 2013

1919 — 2013

LAKE JUNALUSKA — Frances Babb Andrews, 93, passed away peacefully at her home Thursday, June 20, 2013.

Born in Laurens County, South Carolina, Oct. 17, 1919, she was the daughter of J.W. Babb and Ethel Ridgeway. She graduated from Furman University and Duke University School of Nursing. She then taught nursing students at Duke and met Joseph Russell Andrews, a Duke Divinity student. They were married March 23, 1942 at Duke’s York Chapel. Frances soon became “Betsy” to her “Russ.”

After becoming a Methodist minister, Joseph Russell felt called to join the Army chaplaincy during WWII to bring his ministry to soldiers, but remained an Army chaplain for 35 years.

Betsy fully supported this decision, following him with their three daughters and moving every couple of years. Betsy became involved in the community wherever they lived. She had many duties as a minister’s wife and more as a chaplain’s wife. She ran the household, fed anyone Russ invited home, chaired many organizations and raised their three daughters to be God-loving women.

Her dedication and love for her Russ remained steadfast while using her nursing skills to care for him as he succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease. He preceded her in death Jan. 22, 2007.

Frances was a lifelong learner and inspired that quality in others. She had an intense curiosity about the natural world, and enjoyed all kinds of word games throughout her life, a formidable opponent still at age 93.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Julius Wistar Babb Jr. “Pinky” of Greenwood, South Carolina and Charles Alton Babb of Princeton, South Carolina; sisters Thelma Babb Suggs of Loris, South Carolina, Mildred Babb Burts of Asheville, North Carolina and Dorothy Irene Babb of Princeton, South Carolina.

She is survived by her daughters Julia Andrews Vlasak of Lakewood, Washington, Jo Dye Keskin of Hilton Head, South Carolina and Nancy Elizabeth Hall of Lake Oswego, Oregon.

She was the proud and loving “Grandmama” of six grandchildren, Marc Andrew Vlasak, David Christian Dye, Brian Daniel Dye, Tanya Vlasak Movsessian, Jennifer Lorraine Lohman, Scott Andrew Hall and six great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her dear sisters Marcelle Babb Long of Greenville, South Carolina and Barbara Babb Cooley of Greer, South Carolina.

A private family interment was held at Garrett Hillcrest Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Junaluska Memorial Chapel Fund, PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745. Garrett Funerals and Cremations is assisting the family. Visit