Frances Stevens Ridgway
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Frances Stevens Ridgway
  • December 11, 1922 - March 25, 2017
  • Atlanta, Georgia

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Frances Stevens Ridgway departed this life on March 25, 2017, at the Atlanta senior facility, Sunrise at Buckhead. She was born in Athens, Georgia, December 11, 1922, the youngest of the late Cronner and Ada McConnell Ridgway. She spent her early years in Comer, GA, until the family moved to Florida where Frances graduated from Miami Senior High School. She earned an AB Degree in 1944 from Georgia College in Milledgeville (formerly Georgia State College for Women) where she was elected senior class president and named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Alumna Award for Georgia College in 1967 and listed in Who’s Who of American Women. She earned an LLB Degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law in Atlanta but chose a writing career over a legal one. She worked in the Georgia Department of Public Health as an editor-writer and later became an assistant to the president of Turner E. Smith & Co., Atlanta textbook publishers. She then joined the McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. Southeastern News Bureau as a staff correspondent and was named Chief of the Bureau in 1964, responsible for editorial coverage in an 8-state region for some 40 publications. In 1970, she joined the U.S. Department of Labor as a public information officer and was appointed in 1976 to serve as a Regional Information Director of the Labor Dept., the first woman to serve in this capacity. She held this position until her retirement in 1985. She received a Presidential Citation for her work with the Cost of Living Council, as well as a Distinguished Career Service Award from the U.S. Department of Labor. Prayers will be read and final farewells given at H. M. Patterson and Son Oglethorpe Hill on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, from 10am to 12pm with internment immediately following at Westview Cemetery. Deep gratitude is expressed to the caregivers at Sunrise at Buckhead for their thoughtful and devoted attention to Frances during her 10-year residency among them, and also to the personnel at Homestead Hospice for their continual vigilance and support.