Frances Chambers Joswick

May 9, 1929 - July 22, 2022


Frances Chambers Joswick died July 22, 2022 in Sequim, Washington at the age of 93.

Frances was born May 9, 1929 to Ruth and Jackson Chambers in Bronxville, New York. She is survived by her two children, David Joswick, and Barbara Evans; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her eldest child, Nancy Biery predeceased Frances in 2018.

Frances received her baccalaureate degree from DePauw University and a master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois. When her children attained school age, Frances began a lifelong and varied career in human services. She worked as a psychiatric social worker, became an administrator of social/vocational residential facilities for newly discharged mental health patients, was the administrator for skilled nursing homes in California and combined her love of horses and her professional training to organize and run a therapeutic horseback riding program for disabled children and adults in San Juan Capistrano.

Frances and her husband, Jerry, moved from California to Maui in 1989. After the death of her husband in 1990, Frances became the deputy director of the agency on Maui that provides services to homeless families and individuals. She held this position for 17 years and retired to Quilcene, Washington, in 2008 to be closer to her oldest daughter and son.

While living in Jefferson County, Frances volunteered for several community agencies: Hospice, The Substance Abuse Advisory Board, the Board of Health, the Guardian ad Litem program and the Peninsula Resource Services Network. She was a member of the PEO sisterhood.

Frances moved to Sequim, Washington in 2014 and lived at The 5th Avenue then finally at Sinclair Place in Sequim.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at noon Oct. 4, 2022 in Port Townsend, Wash. at the First Presbyterian Church of Port Townsend, 1111 Franklin St., with a light reception afterward. To assist in our planning please RSVP by email to or call 360-385-2525 (press prompt No. 2) by Oct. 1.

For those unable to attend in person, the Celebration of Life Service will be streamed live and can very easily be accessed with this link:

Her choice for memorials is: J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center (26284 Oso Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675)