Frances A Abernethy

May 3, 1922August 7, 2011

ABERNETHY, Frances Ann Dodd "GiGi," born May 3, 1922 in Mt. Sterling Kentucky, passed peacefully and gracefully into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on August 7, 2011. Ann was a professional dancer who married a touring musician/comedian and left the stage to become a selfless, loving and enduring wife, mother and witness for Jesus Christ. Remaining here to cherish her memory is her husband of 62 years, Charles Pascal "Pat" Abernethy of Henrico; her brother, Gilbert Dodd of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky; her daughter, Susan Abernethy Lucas and her husband, Chris, of Chesterfield; her son, David Abernethy and his wife, Annie, of Richmond; five grandchildren, Andrea Lucas Wade of Raleigh, North Carolina, Lindsey Lucas and Justin, Dylan and Micah Abernethy; and two great-grandchildren, Rachel and Lucas Wade. The family will receive friends Tuesday, August 9, 2011 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 North Parham Rd. A funeral service to celebrate Ann's life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 10, at Immanuel Baptist Church, 3601 Monument Ave., Richmond, Va. 23230, where Ann was a member for 43 years. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church Missions Fund. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 9, 2011
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 9, 2011
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Frances A Abernethy

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Judy Abell

August 9, 2011

Dear friends,
I was sorry to learn of the home-going of Miss Ann but am so thankful that the Lord gave her a long life and wonderful marriage. I rejoice with you in the assurance that she is now Home with the One she loved so dearly. May the Lord comfort and strengthen each of you during these days.

August 9, 2011

Dear Pat and Family,
We want to join with so many others who cherish and appreciate Ann's faithful witness to the Lord, even in trying and difficult times. She was a model of quiet dignity and reliance on Him in daily living, and in this regard, she spoke volumes to us. We are grateful for her testimony, and that of dear Pat. She will surely be missed, but we certainly rejoice in her full restoration and eternal joy and bliss in our loving Lord.
May He encourage and bless each of you in the days ahead.
Love in Christ,
Jay and Anne Cox