Frances Storm

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Funeral services for Frances Storm, 101, of Aberdeen were held Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Spitzer- Miller Funeral Home in Aberdeen. Burial was on Monday, August 25 at Riverside Memorial Park in Aberdeen. Frances died August 19, 2014 at Bethesda Home of Aberdeen. Frances was born July 22, 1913 in Huron to Frank and Crystal Bowder. In 1915 she moved with her parents to Timber Lake, where she grew up and graduated high school in 1932. She was a  member of Campfire Girls, Girl Scouts, and 4-H. She worked at her father’s general store and cream testing station, the town’s bakery and grocery stores, the WPA, and cooked for threshing crews. Her 22  years in Timber Lake were her  fondest memories which she remembered and spoke of daily. She married Leonard Storm in 1937 and moved to Aberdeen, where Leonard farmed. Frances raised her two daughters and son on the farm, and was a member of many organizations.  She was active in First United Methodist Church for 71 years, from 1943 until the time of her death. She 
taught Sunday school and Methodist Youth Fellowship classes, and was a long-time Circle member. She was 
PTA president at Roosevelt School, and a member of the Extension Cluband Eastern Star. Frances moved to Arlington, VA in 1973 to be near her daughters and son; those were some of the happiest years of her life. In Virginia she was a
member of Old Dominion Citizens Association and Northern Virginia Democratic Club, and vice-president and treasurer of the Metropolitan Organ Society. She returned to Aberdeen in 1984 and resumed her church activities at First United Methodist, and she was pianist, reporter, and secretary for the local AARP chapter. Frances loved music and played
piano and organ, and encouraged a love of music in her children and grandchildren. As a young woman in Timber Lake, she played piano for revival meetings and evening church services. She was a public events organist in the late 1960s and early 1970s for many Aberdeen conventions and conferences, and organist for Eastern Star. She was a wonderful baker and cook and a kindly caregiver when a family member was sick. Her smile would brighten the room and the lives of those around her. She is survived by her son, Carson Storm of Aberdeen, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard in 1967, and two daughters, Linda in 2004, and 
Geraldine in 2006.    
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