Joan Marie Frankhouser Baxter Leake


First Posted: 5/15/2011

LIMAJoan Marie Frankhouser Baxter Leake, 80, of Charlottesville, Va., formerly of Lima, died May 13, 2011.She was born Sept. 15, 1930, in Lima to John and May Butts Frankhouser. She married Harry Baxter, who died. She later married Alton C. Leake Sr., who also died.Mrs. Leake graduated from South High School, where she played the clarinet in the marching band. She married Harry Baxter soon after high school and they moved to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University. They later moved around a bit before settling in Charlottesville, Va. Although she never completed her college education, she did attend the University of Virginia and was very interested in art history. She worked 35 years with the university, where she served as secretary to the dean of the School of Architecture before retiring in 1991. She had so many interests. She was a master gardener, a volunteer for Friends of Liberty, Hospice of Piedmont, Parks and Recreation and loved to travel. She was a compassionate and generous woman who will remain in the hearts of all who had the good fortune to know her and to have shared her life.Survivors include two nephews, Ronald Hawkey, of Russells Point, and Dennis Hawkey, of Large City, Texas; a niece, Nancy J. Walker Gerbetz, of Silver Lake; many nieces and nephews in the Baxter family; her great-nephews, Kevin Hawkey, of Michigan, and Maek, Steven, Michael, Nicole; a sister-in-law, Betty Leake, of Charlottesville, Va.; a friend for many years, Mary Craig Crockett Davis, of Free Union, Va.; and many great-great-nieces and -nephews.She was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph (Vera) Frankhouser; and a sister, Mildred F. Hawkey.Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hill and Wood Funeral Home, Charlottesville, Va. The Rev. Peter T. Way will officiate. Burial will be in Monticello Memory Gardens.Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.A very special thank you goes out to Our Lady of Peace, Joan's home for the last two and a half years. Special thanks go out to Legacy Hospice, to Nancy, Christy, Sally, Julie, Jody and David for making Joan's last days more comfortable. Her doctor, Jonathan Evans, who cared for her with so much compassion during her entire stay at Our Lady of Peace's Christopher Center. Last but not least, Joan's friend, Bob Hodous, who has served with a very special kindness as her legal guidance for the last six or more years and continue to serve. Oops! To very special friends, Elizabeth Way, Allene Sizemore, John Bell, Lynwood M. Davis, Audrey and Anthony McGhee.Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Peace, 751 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901 or Legacy Hospice, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 180, Charlottesville, VA 22911.Condolences may be expressed at www.hillandwood.com.

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