Frances C. Embry, homemaker and volunteer

The Baltimore Sun

Frances C. Embry, a homemaker and volunteer, died Tuesday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at her Towson home. She was 93.

Mary Frances Cockerham was born and raised in Gunnison, Miss., the daughter of a doctor and a retired nurse.

She was 15 when she graduated from Gunnison High School and earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1934 from Blue Mountain College in Tupelo, Miss.

After college, she taught high school in Marigold, Miss., and formed and coached the first girls basketball team at the school.

While teaching in Marigold, she met and fell in love with Robert C. "Jake" Embry, a fellow teacher.

The couple married in 1936 and moved to Baltimore when Mr. Embry took a job at WBAL selling radio advertising.

Mr. Embry, who became a broadcasting and advertising executive and later was part-owner and president of the Baltimore Clippers ice hockey team, died in 2002.

The couple lived in the Ramblewood neighborhood of Baltimore County before moving to Guilford and later to Towson in 1978.

While raising her five children, Mrs. Embry found time for tennis, bridge, gardening and volunteering.

She was a parishioner of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer and was a member of its Altar Guild and volunteered in the church's business office.

Mrs. Embry had been president of the Women's Auxiliary at Church Home and Hospital.

She enjoyed entertaining family and friends at parties she gave in her home.

"She was a true lady, very intelligent and principled, with a great sense of humor, who was kind and welcoming to everyone she met," said her daughter, Page Campbell of Mount Washington.

According to Mrs. Campbell, one of the highlights of her mother's life was visiting Europe and the Middle East with her husband on a press tour in the early 1950s.

"She met many heads of state such as Marshal Tito and the shah of Iran, and was invited to have lunch with then-Gen. Dwight Eisenhower," she said.

Mrs. Embry enjoyed needlepoint, reading and watching tennis and University of Maryland basketball.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at her church, 5600 N. Charles St.

Also surviving are a son, Robert C. Embry Jr. of Roland Park, who is president of the Abell Foundation; six granddaughters; and four great-granddaughters. She was predeceased by three sons, David Embry and Mark Embry, who died in 1988, and Gordon Embry, who died this year.

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