February 18, 1925 - February 5, 2021
It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of the Drop Collaborative founder, Frances Marie Meyer, at 95 years of age on Friday, February 5, 2021 surrounded by love, complete comfort and peace. She was surely granted her wish to ‘slide on out of here’ when her time came, and a fitting reminder of Frances's delightful sense of humor.
Frances was deeply loved by her family and friends. Her kindness, thoughtfulness, sense of humor and play, intuitive abilities, quiet elegance, delightful charm, intelligence, and beauty of spirit - all live on through those that had the opportunity to spend time with her. She was always so mindful of others, always focusing on the best in a person, and going out of her way to consider all details as to never offend anyone. It just all seemed to come natural for her. She was a lifelong devotee and student of the research and benefits of healthy eating, nutrition, and preventative medicine.
Frances was born and raised in Johnson City TN. During WWII, her family moved to New Jersey, where she raised a family with her husband George. After his retirement, she returned with her husband to Elizabethton TN, where she resided until 2013 - when they both moved to Philadelphia PA.
Creation of The Drop Collaborative
At 90 years young, all of her qualities came into play once again when she inherited her sister’s small farm in Elizabethton TN and a desire to put into action a vision of her brother-in-law John Drop – the creation of the Drop Collaborative, circa 2015.
With the initial team and tireless efforts of David Robbins, Esq., Dr. Melissa Loveless, Joshua Armentrout, Unaka High School, Emily Bidgood/ARC&D, and Ron Roach/ETSU – Frances was able to not only see the creation and thriving of the DC on her small farm but also become the recipient of numerous TN State Awards for the program as well. This brought so much joy and sense of purpose for Frances in her final years.
To all those that have continued to support Frances’s vision and generosity, of which there are so many, we at DC thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Frances’s implementation of her brother-in-law John C. Drop’s vision and mission for the Drop Collaborative (DC) will live on under the stewardship of her daughter, Pattie Meyer, DC’s Executive Director.
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