Frances R. (Mayew) Major, age 98, wife of the late James R. Major and Lawrence L. Major, passed away on Saturday June 8, 2019 at the Landing of Collegeville.
Born in Trappe, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Patricia (Kervsauskas) Mayew.
Frances worked at Valley Forge Flag Company for 64 years, retiring at the age of 84. She was making flags during two major events in United States history. The bombing of Pearl Harbor, in 1941 and the 9/11 attack in 2001. She was even making flags when the United States acquired both Alaska and Hawaii thus adding the 49th and 50th stars to our flag. When retiring from the flag company, Frances was interviewed by Bob Schieffer of CBC Evening News and was recognized and honored by members of the US Congress. At the request of the Honorable Curt Weldon, Member of Congress, the flag that was flown over the United States Capitol building on July 4, 2005, was presented to Frances for her many years of flag making services. Frances was even referred to as the “Modern Day Betsy Ross” by members of Congress and the Senate. Frances also loved to dance to polka music, tend to her garden, and she enjoyed sewing for others. She was a lifelong member of St. James UCC Church in Limerick and sang in the choir. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a dear friend to all she met.
Surviving is Carol Faye Sweigart, wife of Paul; Trudy Mitchell, wife of Joseph; Gary R. Major Sr., husband of Tina; Charry Schubert, wife of Jeff, and brother Stanley Mayew; grandchildren Geoffrey Wilson, Mindy (Wilson) Dougherty, Timothy Wilson, Joshua James Major D’Ancona, Kenny Major, Kelly Lownes, Jason Major, Gary Major Jr, Brianna Major, Cady Fadely, Christine Sekkes, Ryan Schubert and Bradley Schubert; and 15 great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be Friday, June 14, 11:00AM at St. James UCC Church, 321 S. Limerick Road, Limerick, PA with visitation from 10:00AM to 10:45AM. Burial will be in Limerick Garden of Memories.