Frances Weeks Birge

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Born in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland, on April 21, 1927, Frances (Fran) Louise Weeks grew up in the hills of Garrett County with her two older brothers and parents Bessie and Graham. After the death of her father, Fran moved to Roanoke, Virginia to live with her brother’s sister Elizabeth and husband, Pete Miller. Fran attended James Madison University before becoming an elementary teacher. She loved teaching children in Arlington County. She and roommate Mary Happy enjoyed many memories of being young, single women with a blue convertible! In 1948, Fran met her future husband Warren Birge Jr. They married on August 19, 1950. The couple lived in Charlottesville while Warren attended the University of Virginia. Three boys were born completing their family. Over the years, the boys graduated high school then were off to university. The oldest, Warren III (Ry) attended the University of Colorado Bolder, eventually moving to Houston. John attended East Carolina University, remained in Virginia to make his home but recently moved to Maryland. David built a successful contracting business, making his home in California. Fran’s family owned the Cuppett and Weeks Nursing Home in Maryland started by her mother Bessie. Fran completed training as a CSWA and began working with her family in the 70’s. Many harrowing stories have been told about Fran’s drive from McLean, Virginia to the snowy hills of Maryland. Her handle was “Free Spirit” (remember CB radios?) and she made many friends among the truckers that would look out for her. Fran made this drive for decades, finally retiring in the late nineties. In 2019, Fran moved to Richmond, Texas to be closer to her family there.

Surviving family includes Sister Carolyn Meyers, Sons and Daughter in Law, David, John, Warren Birge and Deborah Birge, Grand Daughter Jessica and husband Darron Green, Grand Son Nathan and wife Deidre Birge, Grand Daughter Steffenie Birge, Great Grandchildren Landon Green, Aubrey Green, Riley Birge and Colt Birge

Services will be held at Money and King, 171 Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA 22180, on Thursday, March 23, 2023. Guests are welcome to arrive as early as 10:00am, Services will be held at 11:00am with burial at Ivy Hill Cemetery Alexandria Virginia at 12:30pm.

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  1. My dear dear friend Fran,

    You were the first person Ray and I met on Wemberly Way, 56 years ago. That is when, a life time friendship began. You were my Virginia sister, closer than my very own sister. We had soooo many fun times together………, car trips, Naples, South Wales, Rehobeth, Deep Creek, Alaska and a lot of laughs and sad times. Through the loss of so many of our Fun Bunch buddies, we all remained friends until each one left us. I’m the last old broad standing! You will forever remain my sister and in my heart. I will miss our daily calls and even the butt calls. God speed and I wish you peace as you soar with your guardian angel. Farewell, until we meet again. Love and hugs, Mary Ellen xo

  2. Aunt Fran was so special to me, she was my second mom while growing up on Wemberly Way and continued as my second mom as I got older. She always provided advice, whether I wanted it or not ? I was so fortunate to have her in my life for 56 years. We spent so much time together. I will always have soooo many fond memories of all the fun times we spent together. We also had some sad times that we spent together. She will be truly missed each and every day. When Aunt Fran grew her Angel wings, I know she was greeted by so many that loved her. She will always have a special place in my heart forever. There are still times I want to pick up the phone to call her. Aunt Fran until I see you again…… in peace and in paradise! I will love you always and will miss you so much every day, Lyndee xo

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