CUMBERLAND MD-Frances Jean Rudd Minke “Pee Wee” passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 26, 2021 in Cumberland, MD. Frances was born on May 23, 1925 in Cumberland to Thomas Lynwood Rudd and Melba Jeanette Thacker. It was the Kelly Tire Company that brought the Rudd Family to Cumberland. Frances attended Allegany High School where she was a cheerleader. Subsequently she attended Averitt College in Danville VA. From there she became secretary to the Vice President of Health Services of the National Red Cross in Washington, DC. It was there that she met the love of her life and married on July 3, 1948, Philip Michael Minke, Sr. Raising a family in Wheaton, MD, and being church secretary filled her life until she and Phil retired to Shanondale in Harpers Ferry WV where she became Administrative Secretary to the local hospital administrator. After Phil passed on July 8, 1989 Frances returned to Cumberland to care for her father. She filled her life with her Grace Baptist Church, dear friends and family. She was able to travel the world from Alaska to China and all parts between with her sons. Frances was the Chaplain of the Cresap Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Chapter and enjoyed DAR fellowship and learning about her Virginia ancestors.
Frances is preceded in death by her husband Philip Michael Minke, Sr., brother Thomas Lynwood Rudd Jr. “Sam” and sister Katherine Lee Rudd Rinehard. She is survived by her sons, Philip Michael Minke, Jr. (Ana Maria Lorilla) of PA, John Anthony Minke (Ruth Hannon Oneson MD) of Edmond, OK, granddaughter Tabith Ann Minke of Dallas, TX) and Robert Lynn Minke (Andrea Lee Rovenstine) of Martinsburg, WV.
Frances has donated her remains to science and a celebration of her life will be planned at a future time.
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