Frances Blanche Meilink Meng, 92, of Houston, Texas, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at 5:44 a.m. At the time of her death, she was surrounded by family and peacefully drifted into the arms of her Lord.
She was born Oct. 1, 1920, in Toledo, Ohio, to her parents Francis Meilink and Tillie Meilink Dietrich.
Frances graduated from Jesup Wakeman Scott High School in 1938. She married Donald Elroy Meng in 1939. They lived, loved, and raised a family together in Sandusky before relocating to Pine Island, Fla., in 1982. In every place she resided she made lifelong friends and contributed to each community. She was known to friends and family as “Fran,” “Red,” and “Mom-Mom.”
During her professional career she worked side-by-side with her husband in building, managing, and scouring several motels and a tourist home in Sandusky. She was also an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sandusky, of Child Chapter, and served as a campaign director for Easter Seals.
While residing in Pine Island, Frances was instrumental in helping her husband into his “retirement” career as a commercial fisherman. It is hard to believe that there was ever a cleaner fish or boat than those touched by Fran. After the death of her husband, she lived on and off with her daughters until finally residing with her daughter Jacquelyn Meng Abbott and son-in-law James Thomas Abbott in Fort Wayne, Ind., and thereafter, Houston.
During many of the final years of her life, she was accompanied by her constant, loving companion, Evita, a Maltese, and her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Frances is survived by her three children and their spouses, Douglas Meng (son) and Lenore Meng of Kansas City, Mo., Jacquelyn Abbott (daughter) and James Abbott of Houston, and John Zell Maddox and Sally Meng Maddox (daughter) of Raleigh, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
During her lifetime, she supported many charitable organizations, including the Humane Society and the ministry of David Sherbrooke through the U.S. Center for World Mission. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to one of the foregoing, or a charity of your choice. To contribute to Sherbrooke’s ministry, please send donations to U.S. Center for World Missions, 1605 E. Elizabeth St., Pasadena, CA 91104-2721. Please include “MA-311” in the memo of the donation.
A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive, Houston. Frances will be interred with her husband at a later date in the Houston National Cemetery, Houston.