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Anna Frank Strosnider DuBose “Frankie” Frankie Patton

Posted By Hall-Wynne On December 21, 2017 @ 2:29 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 17 Comments

In Memorial

CHAPEL HILL, NC
Anna Frank Strosnider DuBose
“Frankie”
Frankie Patton
After 86 well-lived years of life, Frankie DuBose died on December 19, 2017. She was born on February 6, 1931 to Dr. Charles Franklin Strosnider and Anna Bailey Lawrence Grimes Strosnider in Goldsboro, North Carolina. She lived life to the fullest loving her Lord, family and friends.
Frankie graduated from Goldsboro High in 1948. She was thrilled to be named The Homecoming Sweetheart by the football team. After high school, Frankie attended St. Mary’s Jr. College. She was in the graduating class of 1950. She met many life-long friends at Saint Mary’s. Frankie graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1952.
Frankie and her family spent many wonderful summers in Morehead City, NC. There she met her future husband and soulmate, David St. Pierre Du Bose, Jr. (Pete). Frankie and Pete married on September 4, 1953 and had five children. They loved spending time with friends and family in Morehead, Goldsboro and Meadowmont Farm.
Frankie was known for her barefoot cooking late night porch dinners. She never met a stranger and always saw the good in others. She loved to play tennis, bridge and entertain. Frankie and Pete travelled many times to the Bahamas on skin diving and fishing adventures.
Frankie was such a positive vibrant person of great faith. She was dedicated to her Lord and community. She served as President of the Durham Junior League. She was a member of The Hill House Advisory Committee. Hill House was the home of John Sprunt Hill (Pete’s grandfather) and now serves as the Junior League of Durham Headquarters. She was Director of St. Stephen’s Episcopal pre-school where she developed the two-year old class. Frankie served as a leader in St. Stephen’s ministry. She was also Senior Warden of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Frankie is warmly remembered for her numerous Duke Hospital “Balloon” visits through the St. Stephen’s Hospital Ministry. She served as President of the Saint Mary’s Alumnae Association and Member of the Board of Trustees. She was honored to receive Saint Mary’s Outstanding Alumnae Award. Frankie was also a active member of the North Carolina Society of Colonial Dames, Durham committee.
In 1992 Frankie, with the love and support of her husband Pete, founded Caring House. Caring House is a home for cancer patients receiving treatment at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. Caring House was Frankie’s dream. With support from many of Frankie and Pete’s friends, Caring House celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017.
Later in life, after Pete died, Frankie found love again at the age of 84. She married James R. Patton, Jr. on her 85h birthday. Jim, his family and caregiver, Pat Grovenor, brought her much happiness.
Preceding her in death was her devoted husband, David St. Pierre, DuBose, Jr. (Pete) who died April 19, 2014. Surviving are her children: Anna DuBose Doughton and husband James Horton Doughton (Bud), David St. Pierre DuBose III (Peter) and wife Evelyn Hoover, Charles Franklin DuBose and wife Sally Peters, Valinda DuBose Coates and husband Dr. Gerald Lee Coates, Jr. , Nancy DuBose Greenway and husband Garland Daniel Greenway. Also surviving are her cherished and adored eleven grandchildren: James Horton Doughton, Jr.(Lisl Kuutti) Anna Lawrence Doughton, David St. Pierre DuBose IV (Petey), Sarah Robinson DuBose, Elizabeth Porcher DuBose (Blissie), Charles Drennen DuBose (Drennen), Gerald Lee Coates II (Jerry), Anderson DuBose Coates, Garland Daniel Greenway III, Christian Lawrence Greenway and William Hill Greenway.
A private interment will be held at the family cemetery the morning of Wednesday, December 27, 2017. A memorial service celebrating Frankie’s life will take place at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, December 27, at the Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepard, 3741 Garrett Rd., Durham, NC 27705.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Caring House, 2625 Pickett Rd., Durham, NC 27705
Arrangements are under the care of Hall – Wynne Funeral Service, Durham, NC


Condolences for the family of “Anna Frank Strosnider DuBose “Frankie” Frankie Patton”

Condolence from Mary Frances Wright on December 21st, 2017 8:44 pm

What a fine lady! She will be missed!
Mary Frances Wright

Condolence from Gail Goforth on December 21st, 2017 9:51 pm

Dear Anna,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your precious Mom. I did not have the pleasure of ever meeting her but she sounded like a true gem! We are all with you in spirit.

with love,

Gail Goforth

Condolence from David A Smith on December 22nd, 2017 8:44 am

DuBose Family, I am sorry I will not be able to attend Frankie’s service. Jan and I will be returning late that day from Jan’s family in Illinois. Know that your mother was one of the nicest and most wonderful people I have every known. It is a double loss for me for not only was she one of my mother’s best friends but also the mother of one of my best friends. I will always treasure the times I had with her and you all at Morehead. Love to you all.

David Smith

Condolence from Elisabeth Montague Manning on December 22nd, 2017 2:23 pm

I loved Frankie so much and will miss her. She and Mom are in heaven together looking down on us I am sure. Sending love and prayers to the family.

Condolence from Henry Rogers on December 23rd, 2017 2:53 pm

We all loved her.She meant so much to so many. Her charity to others will always be remembered,. Always with a smile. Henry

Condolence from Eleanor Cox on December 23rd, 2017 11:12 pm

I adored Frankie too! I owned a balloon business and was provider for most of her balloon gifts. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her.

Condolence from Mary Banks Anderson Knechtle on December 24th, 2017 8:26 am

I appreciated Frankie’s encouragement and kindness at many stages of my life – from my earliest memories (St. Stephen’s Nursery School) to a time of personal grief in my adult life. She has been a role model of graciousness and hospitality. I imagine there are many who can say the same.
Sending our love to all the family,

Condolence from Ken Smith on December 24th, 2017 9:24 am

Wonderful lady I had the privilege of meeting her in Morehead City. I assisted with Peter when they would visit. I extend my sympathy to all of the family.

Condolence from Bill Bolen on December 24th, 2017 11:38 am

I was shocked and saddened to read about Frankie’s passing. She was an angel. I was blessed to help with the weddings, Caring house and many parties at the home. No one was more thoughtful, kind, generous, warm and loving than Frankie. She spread joy, loving-kindness to everyone she met. She was the essence of a Christian woman. I loved Frankie like everyone else. What a life!

Condolence from Barbara Waters on December 24th, 2017 8:25 pm

When I was at Duke Hospital over 25 years ago, I remember Miss Frankie coming into my room with a big smile on her face, full of energy, and a giant balloon attached to a ceramic angel. I can not tell you how much better that made me feel. I have the ceramic angel on display in my house and every time I have looked at it, it has reminded me of Miss Frankie and that day. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.

Condolence from Bill Rogers on December 26th, 2017 9:21 pm

Your mother could have been the nicest person I have ever known. We have many items in our home which were spiritual messages for our children. She left a great legacy culminated by The Caring House. I cannot be with you as we have family still here and a baby due any minute. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.
Bill Rogers

Condolence from Mary Lou Jones on December 27th, 2017 9:19 am

Anna and Valinda,

Through tennis, I had the opportunity to meet Frankie and instantly realized she was a special lady. Know i and thinking of you and your families… and you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hope I can talk with you soon.

Coach Mary Lou Jones

Condolence from Lee Holder on December 27th, 2017 10:41 am

Peter,Anna, Valinda,Charles and Nancy
Your Mom was so much more to me than my best friend’s mother. She loved me in spite of the careless ways she saw me spend part of my youth in foolish pursuits. Your Mom introduced me to Reverand King Cole who helped her love me back into the walk with Christ which I had abandoned .
Her love was not conditional nor ever judgemental. It was truly her authentic presence and desire to want people to know her best friend, Jesus! She helped me get back to Him…..and that has changed my life for the past 35 years…..and forever into eternity. Heaven will never quit celebrating the life your Mom lived here on Earth , and the new life she has in Paradise. To God be the the Glory for your Mom.

Condolence from Anne Senior Brewer on December 27th, 2017 3:59 pm

Frankie and Gwennie are living it up in Heaven! Love to you all!
Anne Senior Brewer
Wilmington, NC

Condolence from Jane Rabon on January 2nd, 2018 12:57 pm

It is with great sadness that I read of Frankie’s passing. She had an indomitable spirit that will continue to influence and guide all who knew her. Frankie was one of St. Mary’s truly outstanding alumnae…..always there offering guidance, support and help to all who knew her. She personally was so kind and supportive of me during my years as alumnae director and I will remember her as one of the best. It is not easy for me to let go of the people who had such a positive influence one me because those special people like Frankie are so hard to replace. My life has been blessed by her kindnesses many times over. I am thinking of all of you and am sending special thoughts to you, Anna, and Bud. May the days ahead bring you peace and full understanding of her love and dedication for you. Jane Rabon

Condolence from Jane Rabon on January 2nd, 2018 12:58 pm

It is with great sadness that I read of Frankie’s passing. She had an indomitable spirit that will continue to influence and guide all who knew her. Frankie was one of St. Mary’s truly outstanding alumnae…..always there offering guidance, support and help to all who knew her. She personally was so kind and supportive of me during my years as alumnae director and I will remember her as one of the best. It is not easy for me to let go of the people who had such a positive influence one me because those special people like Frankie are so hard to replace. I am thinking of all of you and am sending special thoughts to you, Anna, and Bud. May the days ahead bring you peace and full understanding of her love and dedication for you. Jane Rabon

Condolence from Linda Powell on January 3rd, 2018 8:42 pm

Dear Charles, Peter, Anna and Valinda,
I loved your mom; indeed both of your parents were always so welcoming and friendly. Who invites a family of seven to the beach…almost every year!? No one else…
We are honored to donate to Caring House on her behalf. Bill and I always felt her efforts honored our Dad and his experiences while being treated; seeing people sleeping in their cars while waiting for radiation and chemotherapy. We occasionally saw Frankie when visiting mom and she always took time to catch us up on all of your lives. My mother is bereft and will never have another “Frankie”. You are all so fondly in my thoughts.

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