Frances Van Meter

Frances Van Meter, credited with helping to build Lexington's Manchester Center, died Thursday at a hospital in Exeter, England. She was 85.

Mrs. Van Meter left Lexington 24 years ago to live in England. She made her home in Budleigh Salterton, Devon, at her death.

Mrs. Van Meter was executive director of the Manchester Street Library, later named Manchester Center, from 1943 to 1966. The center was founded in 1940 by 20 women, including Mrs. Van Meter, to give Irishtown residents access to books when not in school. Later, Mrs. Van Meter worked at the Lexington Public Library.

She was a native of Bardwell in Carlisle County.

Palmers Funeral Service in Budleigh Salterton, Devon, England, is in charge of arrangements.

From: The Lexington Herald-Leader - Lexington, Kentucky.  August 23, 1994.

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