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Frances Owen Stinespring, 96, of Hot Springs, Virginia passed away Wednesday, July 04, 2018 at The Spring Nursing Center.

She was born September 18, 1921 to Charles Henry Owen and Josephine Elizabeth Farmer Owen in Halifax County, Virginia. She was the second of five girls and left the tobacco farm she had grown up on to attend Virginia Tech where she graduated in 1944.

Frances came to Bath County after graduation to work as a Home Demonstration Agent. She met Aaron David “Buck” Stinespring who she married on October 20, 1946, and Bath County became her new home. In addition to her first job, throughout the years Frances sold Avon, kept weather information for the George Washington National Forest Service, taught private kindergarten before it was offered in the public schools, and was a substitute teacher at Bath County High School.

Frances was an active member of Healing Springs Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and held several offices, the Hot Springs Garden Club, the Order of the Eastern Star, and several bridge groups.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron David “Buck” Stinespring who preceded her in death on November 17, 2002; four sisters, Mary Whitsitt, Alice Mello, Gladys Daniel, Nancy Peery.

Surviving are a son, David Owen Stinespring & wife Cris of Newport News, Virginia, a daughter, Sara Stinespring Walton & husband Bill of Bridgewater, Virginia; three grandchildren, Brett Walton of Seattle, Washington, Matthew Walton of Glen Allen, Virginia, Billy Stinespring of Newport News, Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Healing Springs Baptist Church with Pastor Donald Lee Altizer officiating. Interment will be in Union Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to services from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Healing Springs Baptist Church, 4697 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445 or the Springs Nursing Center Resident Fund, P.O. Drawer I, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Springs for the loving care she received over the years and particulary in the days prior to her passing.


  1. So sorry to see this. Another of the special people from the Baptist Church has passed. Special memories growing up there. Hugs and love to Sara & David & their families. JoAnn

  2. I really hate to hear this frances was such a loving person i was activities director at the springs for 5 years and i enjoyed talking with her and learning of all the wonderful memories she shared. My god be with the family. Prayers tl you all

  3. So sorry to see this! Mrs. Stinespring was such a sweet and loving person. She will be missed by many. I worked at The Springs in dietary. Love and prayers to you all!

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this period of grieving. Your mom was a special lady and a friend to many. May God continue to bless you.

  5. sorry to hear of Frances passing. Both of your parents were friends from church & school., MickorMack. Always makes a person to lose old friends.

  6. We are so sorry about the loss of your dear Mother, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mrs. Steinspring was a wonderful, gentle Lady loved by all.
    Love, peace and blessings.

  7. David, we both have such fond memories of your mother! Wasn’t she always smiling?! May your memories of her bring you comfort and peace. Roy and Sue Erdman-Sedge

  8. Dear David and Cris….and family. So sorry for the loss of sweet Frances….I’ll miss seeing her at The Springs, but she is in a better place. She and Ralphie are probably discussing how to re-do her flower bed! She was a good woman…and I too will miss her. Love to all…Patti Riner


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