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Reverend Frances Irvin

August 14, 1953 ~ November 23, 2023 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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Reverend Frances Irvin Obituary

Reverend Frances (Frankie) Delores Irvin, of Delmar, Maryland, gained her crown and wings on Thanksgiving morning, November 23rd, 2023, at the age of 70. Frankie, as she was affectionally known, was born on August 14, 1953, in Millsboro Delaware. She was the youngest of 8 children from the blessed union of the late Theodore B. and Theodosia H. Irvin. 

Frankie attended school in Millsboro, Delaware and eventually graduated from Indian River High School in 1971. At Indian River, Frankie was honored as head cheerleader and a member of the student council and the varsity club. She was also voted as Most Ambitious. She continued her education as a student

at Delaware Technical and Community College. In 1972, Frankie participated in the Miss Delaware Tech pageant and was the 1st runner-up. She began her working career as a bookkeeper and in-store trainer at A & P/Super Fresh stores for over 15 years. She was employed by the Indian River School District working at the Administrative Office, Selbyville Middle School, Sussex Central Middle School, and Indian River High School. Frankie also held a position as a youth advocate counselor for the Delaware Family Courts. Frankie moved to Temple Hills Maryland in her later years and retired from Charles Tini & Associates Paradise at Parkside Development as the community center coordinator. There she counseled residents and their families, ran the youth center, and founded the development 1st ever Girl Scout Troop. After retirement and her return to the Eastern Shore, Frankie realized she was not ready to slow down just yet. She began working for Credit Plus in Salisbury Maryland, where she worked as the receptionist/switchboard operator. In every position she held, the call of God on her life was evident and in action.

To know Frankie was to know her love and zeal for God. She served in ministry for over 45 years. Her relationship with God began at an early age. She often spoke about as a little girl, sitting alone under a tree and talking to her best friend God. She felt him communing with her and calling her into ministry even then. Her walk in ministry can be traced back to her life at Dickerson Chapel A.M.E. Church in Millsboro, Delaware where she grew under the guidance of several anointed men and women of God. Her ministerial life began as an evangelist and youth pastor and blossomed into an ordination as an A.M.E. reverend. Before founding her ministry ELOHIM (Eternal Lighthouse of Healing in Ministry), she served with Pilgrims Ministry of Deliverance and Trinity Faith Christian Center, both in Delaware. She was also selected to hold weekly services on the grounds of the Stockley Center as the pastor of ELOHIM. God transitioned ELOHIM to the Delmarva area where she served under Jabbok Ministries and the Temple of Praise. “Sailin’ on the sea of Your love, Sailin’ on the sea of Your love, Sailin’ free just Jesus and Me” - the perfect lyrics to describe the place she loved the most – the ocean. The beach was her place of leisure, joy, and worship – her sanctuary. Her love for the beach started as a child when the family would spend days at Lewes Beach. The love for the ocean and beach was evident in every home Frankie had. No matter where the home was located, when you walked in, you walked into an ocean retreat.

Frankie was the mother of 3 children, Keith, Contessa, and Crystal. She was 100% dedicated to being an example of a good Christian mother. The love she had for them poured out of her. It was seen in her laugh and her smile and felt in her touch. Despite the busy lifestyle the family had, Frankie was present at every activity. No award ceremony, sporting event, or school concert was had that Frankie was not front and center for. She was often teased for her soft voice as she would cheer as loud as she could for Keith at every football game he played. This tradition lived on with her grandson Keith as she would travel from anywhere she was to see him play.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her three children, Keith (Courtney) Irvin of Baltimore, Maryland, Contessa (Rick) Bailey-Robinson of Salisbury, Maryland and Crystal Bailey of Marietta, Georgia; four sisters and one brother; Joyce Hughes of Greenwood, Delaware, Janice (Freddie) Parsons of Georgetown, Delaware, Marcella Smith of Roxanna, Delaware, Barbara (Perry) Reese of Easley, South Carolina and Theodore (Jane) Irvin Jr of Millsboro Delaware, three royal grandchildren, Prince Keith Irvin Blades of Salisbury, Maryland, Princess Maya Irvin of Atlanta, Georgia and Princess Alayna Irvin of Atlanta, Georgia; four honorary grandchildren, Maxwell Waters, Devone Nelson, Darren Nelson, and Dejanna Dale; and a host of other beloved family and friends.

Frankie was predeceased by her father and mother, Theodore B. and Theodosia H Irvin; one sister, Shirley Taylor; one brother, Clenone Irvin Sr.

Lovingly Submitted by The Family


Psalm 91 King James Version

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most-High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.


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December 9, 2023

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Funeral Service
December 9, 2023

12:00 PM

Private Interment


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