GASTON, Frances I.  -
Frances (Ingram) Gaston of Dayton, Ohio, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2017. She is survived by her daughters Kellie Gaston Dixon of Camp Springs, Maryland and Leslie (Andy) Gaston-Bird of Denver, Colorado; grandchildren Ryan Dixon, Zachary Gaston-Bird and Kira Gaston-Bird; sisters Lillian (Thomas) Jackson and Geneva (John) Price of Waukegan, Illinois, Wanda (Clifton, deceased) Noel of Florence, Alabama, Sandra (Darrell) Smith of Atlanta, Georgia; and devoted former husband, Berdell Gaston of Dayton. She is preceded in death by her parents Fred and Geneva Ingram, and brothers Odie and Fred Ingram, Jr.
Frances Gaston was born in 1937 in Florence, Alabama. She attended Burrell-Slater high school and enjoyed being a majorette, playing the clarinet and piano, and was crowned homecoming queen for 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades. She went on to work at Great Lakes Naval Station near North Chicago, IL. She married Berdell Gaston in 1961 and moved to Dayton, Ohio. She retired from the Social Security Administration with over a quarter century of service, including advocating for the rights of others as a union representative.
A lover of people, culinary arts, flowers, movies and music, Frances was heavily involved with Twentig, Inc., a local, social and civic organization whose philanthropic activities have been of great benefit to the Dayton community. She was awarded a Legacy Award from the Mary Scott Nursing Center, and served many years as a board member of the Benjamin Wegerzyn Garden Center. Frances was heavily involved in her church, serving with the Wayman Civic Association, Friends For Payne Theological Seminary, Usher Board #2, the Wayman Food Pantry and Sick and Shut-in Ministries, as well as on numerous planning committees.
Frances lived a full and substantive life. Her greatest joy was traveling the world with family and friends and spending an abundance of time with her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by a large community of those who knew and loved her.
Memorial service Saturday, April 8, 11 A.M. at Wayman Chapel AME Church, 3317 Hoover Ave. The family will receive friends 10 A.M. until time of service.