Frances L. Homel, a homemaker and a former Mrs. Maryland, died of complications from an infection Feb. 25 at Howard County General Hospital. She was 87.
Frances Louise Allen was born in Macon, Ga., and during the early years of the Great Depression moved with her family to Waverly.
After graduating from Clifton High School, she worked as a fabric buyer for the old May Co. and later at Singer Sewing Machine Co. in downtown Baltimore.
An excellent seamstress, Mrs. Homel enjoyed making christening dresses as well as wedding gowns, family members said.
Mrs. Homel was crowned Mrs. Maryland for 1951-1952 and held other beauty titles.
"She was Mrs. Housewife in 1955, and had been Mrs. Brooklyn, Mrs. Linthicum Heights and Mrs. Maryland Volunteer Fire Department," said her son, Warner W.C. Smearman Jr. of Arnold.
A former Woodmoor resident who had lived in Ellicott City for the past 35 years, Mrs. Homel was an animal lover, gardener, painter and sculptor. She also enjoyed making crafts, which she sold at local craft shows.
A memorial service will be held at noon Friday at the Harry H. Witzke Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike in Ellicott City.
Also surviving are her husband of 49 years, Elmer Homel; three daughters, Andrea Ashburn of Arnold, Mary Keseling of Westminster and Candy Henderson of Woodlawn; three brothers, Ronnie Arthur of Greensboro in Caroline County, Buddy Arthur of Los Angeles, and Willis "Bill" Allen of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; six sisters, Martha Bell of Pasadena, Shirley Ward of Bozman, Jean Pompanio of Millersville, Jane Phillips of Glen Burnie, Claudia Lane of Springfield, Va., and Eleanor Arthur of Palmdale, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. Earlier marriages to Andrew L. Huber and Warren W.C. Smearman Sr. ended in divorce.
Frederick N. Rasmussen