Mrs. Frances Thomas Cameron, 48, wife of Prof. George G. Cameron, chairman of the University department of Near East studies, died today at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital after a prolonged illness. The family lives at 1515 Ottawa Dr.
Mrs. Cameron was born Jan. 3, 1907, in Albuquerque, N. M., a daughter of Elbert B. and Minnie Maharg Thomas. She married Prof. Cameron on June 25, 1932, in Davenport, Ia. The couple moved to Ann Arbor in 1948.
Mrs. Cameron accompanied her husband on expeditions to the Near East in 1939, 1948 and 1951. During these trips, Prof. Cameron journeyed to Iran where he became the first to record the most complete copy ever made of the famous cuneiform inscriptions King Darius of Persia ordered carved into the wall of Mt. Behistun more than 2,400 years ago.
Mrs. Cameron was graduated from Iowa State College where she majored in dietetics. She later did graduate work in Lincoln, Neb., and, before her marriage, was employed as a dietitian at Billings Hospital, a branch of the University of Chicago clinics.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church here and was a member of the Ann Arbor League of Women Voters and the Ann Arbor Garden Club.
Besides her husband, survivors include two sons, Thomas W., attending Army Officers' Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Ga., and Douglas R., a student at University High School; her mother, Mrs. Minnie Thomas Auten of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two brothers, Elbert M. Thomas of Homewood, Ill., and Homer E. Thomas of St. Petersburg.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Muehlig Chapel, with the Rev. William P. Lemon officiating, assisted by Prof. George Mendenhall. Cremation will follow. Friends may call at the chapel from noon Wednesday until the time of service. The family asks that in lieu of flowers contributions be sent to the American Cancer Society.
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