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Emma Frances Colvin

October 28, 1931 ~ October 11, 2021 (age 89)

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On Monday, October 11, 2021, Frances Hippert Colvin, age 89, passed away at her home. Born on October 28, 1931 in Salisbury, NC, Frances was the adopted and only child of William Edward Hippert of Lynchburg, VA and wife, Florence Wilkins Hippert of Johnston County, NC.

Having grown up in Spencer, NC, when she was 19 years old, Frances moved to Raleigh and began working for the NC General Assembly. Then later, in the decades that followed, she worked as a Seed Analyst Technician for the NC Department of Agriculture; before moving on to the NC State Fair, where she was often seen riding around the grounds in a golf cart. Thereafter, Frances worked for the advertising firm of Bob Wills and Associates, before finding herself back at the fairgrounds managing the NC State Flea Market. Frances completed her work career with enjoyable stints in the retail jewelry industry at both Jem Designs in downtown Raleigh, and Treasure Isle Jewelry at Crabtree Valley Mall.

Ever the spiritual seeker, Frances participated as a member of the Unity Church of Raleigh, where she also served on their Board of Directors and in the Prayer Ministry. Moreover, as a life-long learner filled with curiosity, Frances loved the gift of her life, and found great joy in sharing it and all she learned with others.

But also, she held a special place in her heart for pet dogs, and thoroughly enjoyed her travels to the Caribbean Islands, Europe and San Francisco, as well as many other destinations. And a “foodie” at heart, Frances loved good food and spending time exploring art, music, antiques, and modern décor.

But most of all, Frances loved and adored her growing family and close-knit circle of dear friends. Indeed, Frances will be missed by all who knew and loved her!

Frances was preceded in death by her parents, W.E. and Florence Hippert; her son, Mark Colvin of Creedmoor, NC; and her ex-husband, Robert (Bob) Colvin of Raleigh.

Frances is survived by her daughter, Christine Colvin Foley and husband, Anthony of Fayetteville; grandchildren Matthew Foley and wife Gabrielle of Raleigh; Laura Foley of Boone; Alex Colvin and wife Caitlin of Raleigh; Tyler Colvin and wife Katie of Youngsville; Caden Colvin and Josh Colvin of Creedmoor; and great-grandchildren Riley Colvin, Noah Colvin and Emerson Colvin of Raleigh; Luke Colvin and Levi Colvin of Youngsville; and Ella Paige Foley of Raleigh.

A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Frances will be held at a later date.               

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