LEWISTON — Frances K. McInnis, 87, of Lochness Road in Rumford, passed into God’s grace on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the d’Youville Pavilion.

She was born in Rumford, March 15, 1923, the daughter of Alexander and Frances (Kucejko) Kowalzyk. She graduated from Stephens High School in Rumford, Class of 1941, and attended Keystone Junior College and Duke University and graduated from University of Maine at Orono with her degree in teaching.

During World War II, she served as a Navy Wave as an Aviation Machinist 3c.

Frances was a high school teacher in Mexico and Rumford for more than 25 years until her retirement. She was very involved in student activities and clubs. She served as the Cheerleading Advisor for Mexico High School Senior Sports programs.

She and her husband traveled throughout the state with the Mexico football and basketball teams. She taught the first Advanced Placement classes in creative writing. She served on the board of directors of the Rumford Boys Home.

She was a passionate and active Democrat in the local party. She and her husband co-chaired the Sen. Ted Kennedy Team for President and for George Mitchell races as well. She began her second career on the Rumford School Committee, where she served for many years. She concluded her public service on the committee to save Stephens High School.

She was a communicant of St. Athanasius–St. John Church. She was married in Rumford, July 17, 1947, to D.H. Austin McInnis, who died July 29, 2006.

Survivors include daughters, Louise Regan and husband, Patrick, of Bangor, Marcia McInnis of Gloucester, Mass., and Pamela McInnis-Kaubris and husband, Matthew, of Rumford; son, M. Scott McInnis and wife, Trisha, of Hamilton, Mass.; grandchildren, Alexa and Cameron Kaubris of Rumford and Austin and Adelaide McInnis of Hamilton, Mass.;

She was predeceased by her parents; husband; and brothers, Alexander, Dr. Edward, Henry and Theodore Kowalzyk.

The family invites you to share condolences, memories and sign the guest book online at www.meaderandson.com.

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