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Frances Lee Foster Sterling, age 91, of Gloucester, left this life to her “Blessed Assurance” with her heavenly father on Feb. 16, 2017, after several months of medical complications.

She was a lifelong resident of Gloucester County and was the daughter of the late Carroll and Dora Foster. She graduated from Botetourt High School in 1943. A woman of deep and abiding faith, she was a longtime member, Sunday school teacher and organist for 40 years at Newington Baptist Church.

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her family, church, music, sewing, quilting, reading, cross word puzzles, scrap booking, and cooking, as well as participating in many community and church activities.

She is survived by her son, David Foster Sterling and wife Judy of Gloucester, and her daughter, Frances Ann Sterling Minor of Mathews; grandchildren, Robert Minor (Tina), Bruce Sterling, Barry Sterling (Tiffany), Christina Minor, Josh Sterling and Jessica Sterling; and four great-grandchildren, Brandon, Carter, Mallory and Brandy.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Carter Sterling, her sister, Helen Edwards, and her son, Jackie Sterling.

The family received friends on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Andrews Funeral Home & Crematory. Funeral and graveside services will be held at Newington Baptist Church on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m., followed by a celebration of her life in the church fellowship hall. All services will be led by the Rev. Mike Gray of Newington Baptist Church in Gloucester and the Rev. Glen Bohannon of Cool Spring Baptist Church in Mechanicsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Newington Baptist Church Building Fund, 6169 Main Street, Gloucester, Va. 23061, or Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 1417, Gloucester, Va. 23061. Online condolences may be sent to 

The family wishes to extend special thanks to the many caregivers at Gloucester House who lovingly cared for her.