September 10, 1979
Volunteer worker for Red Cross dies
Mrs. Frances Cary Caldwell, who served for 42 years as a Red Cross volunteer worker, died Sunday in James River Convalescent Center.
A lifelong resident of the Peninsula, Mrs. Caldwell’s contribution to the organization’s services covered every phase of Red Cross work, including the Gray Ladies, staff aid, and she was registrar of the first bloodmobile visit.
She served for many years as a member of the board of directors for the Hampton Roads Chapter and, before its formation, her work was with the Newport News Chapter, where she served as chairman of all volunteer workers in the chapter. For 15 years she was representative to the Veterans Administration in charge of volunteers there. In 1976, she stepped down from a supervisory position but continued to work as a volunteer. At the time she relinquished her leadership position, she was honored by the Veterans Administration Hospital.
Mrs. Ellen Morrison, executive director of the Hampton Roads Chapter, said Sunday, “To me she was the epitome of the best in the meaning of the words, ‘Red Cross Volunteer.’” During World War II, Mrs. Caldwell worked with the Red Cross canteens in Newport News. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Her only survivors include several nieces and nephews.
The family is at the home of a niece, Mrs. Daniel M. Blood, 108 Daingerfield Road, Williamsburg, and requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Red Cross, or to a favorite charity.
Jennell Funeral Home is in charge.