Frances C. Chapman, 60, a musician, chef, teacher and businesswoman, died of cancer Nov. 9 at her home in Derwood.
Mrs. Chapman's multiple careers were built around her love of music and food and culminated in her business and the publication of two cookbooks.
She was born in Harrisonburg, Va., and raised in Shenandoah. She graduated with honors from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., and was a minister of music at Poolesville Presbyterian Church. She also taught music in Montgomery County schools from 1967 to 1974.
She then moved her music ministry to Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church and, after 1980, to Presbyterian churches in Midland, Mich., Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C.
While working as a minister and raising her family, she twice survived breast cancer with radical surgery, in 1974 and 1984.
In 1990, Mrs. Chapman became a student at L'Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda and took courses at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. From her graduation until 1994, she worked as a corporate product manager at Fresh Fields Markets.
Mrs. Chapman started a gourmet gift basket and consulting business -- Franch Enterprises -- in Derwood in 1996. She operated it until this year. Through the business, she also developed recipes for food manufacturers, taught culinary arts and did food marketing.
She published her second cookbook, "Impressive Yet Simple: Cooking for Family and Friends" this year.
Mrs. Chapman published her first cookbook, "Table for Two," for the American Cooking Guild, in 1997. She also taught courses at L'Academie de Cuisine.
After her career change, while running a business, teaching and writing, she again developed cancer, which metastasized to her lungs in 2002 and spread to her liver and then her bones two years later.
She was a member of the Choristers Guild, the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the Greater Gaithersburg Chamber of Commerce and Business Networking International.
Her marriage to Filbert L. Moore Jr. ended in divorce.
Survivors include her husband of 10 years, Perry Chapman of Derwood, and two daughters from her first marriage, Karen Moore of Los Angeles and Kristin Goetz of Cheverly.