Frances Menefee

September 26, 1940 - September 4, 2023

Frances Amiss Menefee, 82, passed away peacefully on September 4, 2023, in Luray, Virginia. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, COL (U.S. Army-retired) William "Bill" Menefee; daughters Mary Menefee and Alice Paolone (Louis); nephew Fred Clater (Irene); and many friends and acquaintances. She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Ann Moore.Frances was born in Luray on September 26, 1940, to the late Dr. Frederick Thomas Amiss and Ruth Ann Broyles Amiss. She graduated as valedictorian from Luray High School in 1958 and earned a biology degree from Madison College (James Madison University) in 1962. On June 23, 1962, she married CPT Bill Menefee and served with him overseas and stateside and supported military units and their families in many capacities. Upon Bill’s retirement in 1984, the family returned home to Luray, where Frances immediately became involved in the community. She was a member of the DAR, UDC, and Christ Episcopal Church, and most importantly, she led the effort to restore the historic Green Hill Cemetery. She exhibited an incredible sense of creativity, and loved working in her garden, playing cards with friends and family, and reading. She faced life with a dry wit and humor and a beautiful smile. Frances served her family and community so well.The family wishes to extend thanks to the many people who supported her, specifically during this past year.The service will be Saturday, September 16, 2023, at 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Luray, with a reception to follow at the Menefee home (10 Jamison Road in Luray). Visitation will be Friday, September 15, 2023, from 5-7 p.m. in the Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Green Hill Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 303, Luray, VA 22835.