Frances Elizabeth Hensley Kramer

Friday 24th of April 1931 - Monday 11th of January 2021

Frances Elizabeth Hensley Kramer


Frances Kramer Memorial Service

Jan 14, 2021 (11:00 AM )

Milward - Southland

391 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY

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Frances Elizabeth Hensley Kramer, age 89, departed this life on Monday, January 11, 2021 in Lexington, KY due to COVID-19.  

Her death is mourned by children: Charles von Schlutter, Jr. (Barbara) of Lexington, David H. Kramer (Martha) of Summerfield, FL;  Jane von Schlutter of Lexington, KY; grandchildren: Jessica von Schlutter Wright (Jeremy), Jason von Schlutter (Hannah), Joshua von Schlutter (Ashley); John C. Kramer (Katie), Lynn Oliver Kramer Duncan (Eric); and Rebecca von Schlutter; great grandchildren Eleanor Wright, Caleb Wright, Charles Wright, Joshua Wright, Bailey Wright, and Jacob Wright; Ada Elizabeth von Schlutter, Isaac Love von Schlutter, Riyah Love von Schlutter, and Lily Love; Isaac von Schlutter, Nolan von Schlutter, and Sadie von Schlutter; Sara Kramer and Leah Kramer; and Jeremiah Duncan; her brother Paul H. Hensley (Bettye), of Philadelphia, PA, and their family, and Laura and Robert Babbage, of Lexington, and their family.

Born April 24, 1931, in Heidelberg, KY, to Harvey H. and Maude Hyden Hensley, they soon thereafter moved to Hyden, in Leslie County, KY.  

Beth graduated 9th grade from Cardome Academy in Georgetown, KY, and high school from Nazareth Academy in Nelson County, KY, class of 1949. She graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, MO in May 1951 with an Associates Degree in Art and Wilmington College in Wilmington, OH, in 1953 with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education.

She taught school in Ohio before returning to Lexington in the early 1960s to enter the real estate business. She owned and developed residential real estate for over 60 years. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution for over 70 years, the Merry Wives of Greenbriar Club for 57 years, and the Kentucky Mountain Club for over 50 years, serving as its President for 8 years. She also was a proud Kentucky Colonel with deep roots in Kentucky. She loved the earth and growing vegetables and flowers and sharing them with others.   

Beth was passionate about teaching others to invest in themselves and the stock market. She encouraged people to get as much education as they could. She supported the Oneida Baptist Institute at Oneida, KY, the Frontier Nursing University of Versailles, KY, (formerly of Hyden, KY). She established several scholarship funds to help students from Leslie and Clay Counties in eastern Kentucky, including the Frances Elizabeth Hensley Kramer Endowed Scholarship at Eastern Kentucky University and a soon to be established scholarship fund at the Frontier Nursing University. She also established a scholarship fund at the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, FL, giving preference to students attending Centre College in Danville, KY, and Stetson University in Deland, FL.

She was married to Charles von Schlutter, Sr. (deceased) and Curtis C. Kramer (divorced).

Due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be a private funeral service this week and a Celebration of Life service in the future.  

In lieu of flowers, Beth has requested contributions to a college scholarship endowment of your choice, or to the Frances Elizabeth Hensley Kramer Endowed Scholarship at the EKU Foundation in Richmond Kentucky, Jones Building, Room 321 - CPO 19, 521 Lancaster Avenue, Richmond, KY 40475.


Guest Book

Sherry Crose


On behalf of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the Order offers its deepest condolences and is proud of a life well lived by Colonel Kramer. Sherry Crose, Executive Director Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels

1 day ago

David and Martha Kramer


I want to thank everyone for your condolences, prayers, and expressions of sympathy at the passing of my mother. I look forward to the day we can gather and have a Celebration of Life for mother. I hope that can happen this summer and I hope you can all attend and share your story about your relationship with mother. No words can describe the feeling one has when their mother passes away. Mothers was such an important part of my life. It’s hard not to pick up the phone to call her, or not to write her a letter. Mother was truly a remarkable lady who will be missed by her entire family. She devoted her life to helping other however and whenever she could. She became a school teacher right out of college so she could help children learn. She moved back to Lexington to help her mother and aunt with their apartment buildings. She bought one of those buildings which gave college students a place to live so they could realize their dream of an education. She became a true friend and mentor to many of those same students. She wanted to pass on to future generations the ability to achieve the dream of an education so she has three scholarship named funds honoring her and our family. In her own unique way she loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren so much. She recognized that each of them are unique and they have their own dreams, which she encouraged and supported. Mother, I loved you so much and will miss you. May you rest in peace with our Lord and Savior and your wonderful family. I do believe, as you did, we will be reunited again and we will rejoice on that day.

4 days ago

John and Gloria Morris


What a special and remarkable lady. A shining example of a life well lived. She was truly a blessing to all of us who were fortunate enough to know and spend time with her. Thoughts, prayers and our best wishes for her entire family. John and Gloria Morris

4 days ago