Frances Ravenel Grimball Maclean (Feb. 25, 1922 - June 2, 2018)

Frances Maclean, long-time communicant of Christ Church passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at her home on East 45th Street. She was buried on Thursday, June 7 at Bonaventure Cemetery in a private service for family members only. The Rev. Liam G. Collins was the officiant

Frances was born on February 25, 1922 in Charleston, South Carolina to George and Frances Grimball and attended Ashley Hall (in Charleston) and Chatham Hall (in Virginia). She received her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston and worked as an editor for the Post and Courier.


After World War II, she married Malcom R. Maclean and moved to Savannah. She was active in many civic activities and supported her husband when he served as Savannah’s mayor from 1960-66 and as the senior warden of our parish several years later.

Frances was a faithful member of Christ Church for 70 years as was her husband until his death on January 24, 2001. Her brother in law, John Helm Maclean, was killed in World War II and his name is listed on the memorial plaque which hangs on the Church’s south wall.

She is survived by her two children Nancy and John (Brigitte) and her two grandchildren Alexander Maclean and Catherine Maclean.  The family has asked that remembrances be made to Christ Church or Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy.