Frances A. Leavitt, a homemaker and active Franklin High School alumna, died May 4 in her sleep of an undetermined cause at Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village in Lochearn. She was 97.

The daughter of Charles Edgar Harris, who had been livestock manager at McDonogh School, and Ida Lavinia Allers, a homemaker, Frances Allers was born in McDonogh and raised on the McDonogh School campus.

After graduating in 1933 from Franklin High School, Mrs. Leavitt worked as a cashier in the financial office at McDonogh for eight years before her marriage in 1941 to Morrill Leavitt, a salesman.

The couple were longtime residents of the Hernwood Heights neighborhood in Randallstown. After her husband's death in 1972, Mrs. Leavitt continued to live independently in her home until moving to Augsburg Lutheran Village and Home in 2007.

"Her big interests were McDonogh School and Franklin High School, where until a few years ago, Frances worked with another man in planning the Class of 1933's annual reunion," said Betty Cox, a close friend who lives in Granite.

Mrs. Leavitt also enjoyed traveling.

She was a member of Mount Olive United Methodist Church in Randallstown.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Augsburg Lutheran Chapel, 6811 Campfield Road.

Mrs. Leavitt is survived by several nieces and a nephew.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com