Frances Lide

January 14, 1931October 18, 2012

Frances Terry Lide, 81, of Washington DC and Atlanta, passed away Wednesday night after a brief illness. Francis was the daughter of Brooks Smith Lide and Francis Sturges Lide, both of Meridian, MS. Francis was a graduate of Meridian High School and Vanderbilt University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Spanish. Francis joined the US Foreign service as a secretary and rose through the ranks to become a Consul, retiring after 45 years of service to her country. Francis served in many countries, including Bolivia, Niger, France, Germany, Ireland, England, Japan and Canada before completing her final assignment in Washington DC. After retirement Francis eventually moved to St Anne’s Terrace in Atlanta to be nearer her family. Francis was a voracious reader and an avid member of the Jane Austen Society. She loved to vast with her friends and family, telling stories of her many foreign adventures. Francis is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Brooks and Cary Lide, her nephews Brooks (Connie) Lide and Bill (Heidi) Lide, nieces Caroline (Kerry) Ketchum) and Courtney (Bill) Dickey and 9 great nephews and nieces. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made in Francis Lide’s name to Hospice Atlanta, 1244 Park Vista Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319. Interment will be in Meridian, Mississippi. Online condolences may be made at


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Ann and Al La Porta

December 10, 2012

Fran was a devoted member of St. John's Georgetown in Washington during the years she was assigned to Washington, after she retired from the Foreign Service and before she moved to Atlanta. For years Fran and her good friend Sara Revis researched the history of the houses used for St. John's Annual House Tour, the oldest house tour in the Washington area. She also served for many years on the Altar Guild at St. John's.
We regret that we did not know of her passing until her obituary appeared in a retired foreign service newsletter. She was a good friend to many in the congregation and will be missed. We send our condolences to her family.
Ann La Porta, a member of St. John's.

Dianne Nester

November 17, 2012

I am so sorry I really though of her so much she was so nice to me I kept her Mother in Meridian my thoughts and prayers goes out to her family

Vance Garnett

October 26, 2012

Frances Lide was a much loved resident of the Chesterfield Cooperative here in Washington, D.C. As manager of the co-op, I had mucn interaction with this wonderful lady, and avid reader.

Warren Hatfield

October 20, 2012

We join your family in wishing Frances Godspeed. A full life to be followed by a Peaceful Eternity.


October 19, 2012

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.