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MUNDS, Florence Evelyn
MUNDS, Florence Evelyn 'Eve' (Farnsworth) 90, passed away peacefully on March 17, 2013, after an unexpected illness. Her beloved husband of 62 years, Frank Munds, passed away in 2005. Her oldest son, Steven Munds, passed away in 1977. Eve is survived by her children daughter Michelle Munds and partner, Marie Coe; son William Munds and wife, Jeanne Munds, grandchildren Jason Munds, and wife, Alicia Munds; Ocean Munds-Dry and husband, Randy Dry; Jeremy Munds; Dakota Weiss; Chuck Coe, and wife, Shanan Coe; Tina Coe, and partner, Aimee Payne, great-grandchildren Hannah Munds; Quinlan and Savannah Dry; Skylar and Hailey Munds; Breana and Ember Coe; and Raynee Coe-Payne, older sister, Mary Farnsworth Erb, younger siblings (mother Helen); Patricia Leech, Glenda Osborne, and Wallace Farnsworth, nieces: Susan Ford-Farrar, and husband, James Farrar; Pat Colton, and husband, Alan Colton; nephews: John Ford; and John Munds Jr., and wife, Lisa Munds. Eve was born March 8, 1923, in L.A., Calif., the second child of Glen Farnsworth, an Adohr Farms mechanic; and Anna Miller, a writer. She was always proud that her fathers great-grandfather was Philo Farnsworth, inventor of television, who was honored with a statue in the Hall of Congress. Eve graduated from Hoover High School in 1941, in Glendale, Calif., where she had enjoyed singing, dancing, and acting in musicals and plays. Eve had many friends, and one fellow even wrote an original love song for her in her yearbook. Eves sister Mary said that Eve could have been a professional singer. For a time, Eve lived with her grandmother Mary Etta Farnsworth, who was a strong positive influence. At 18, Eve was very independent, got her own apartment, and earned her own way after graduation. She met and married the love of her life, Frank Munds, in 1943, while she was working in the mailroom at Vega Aircraft in Hollywood, and he was a draftsman. When the war was over, Eve and Frank bought their first home in Compton, Calif., where their three children were born. In 1951, the family moved to Lancaster, Calif., when Frank became a flight test engineer at North American. Around 1956, they purchased a second home, and Eve created a loving home for her family, made many life-long friends in the neighborhood, at school events, and in her life-long career of community service and activism, as a member/volunteer in PTA, Scouts, League of Women Voters, Lancaster Womens Club, ESO, and Friends of the Library. During her 50 year membership in Lancaster Womens Club, she served on many community project committees that helped to create the Poppy Reserve, Pennies for Pines, Lancaster Domestic Violence Center, libraries, AV Hospital, numerous community services before and after Lancaster became a city, and was especially proud of the Clubs scholarships to high school students. Eve and Frank shared their love of adventure traveling extensively in their motor home, enjoying visits with family and friends, and experiencing the beauty of the Native American culture. Eve loved gardening, oil painting, creating original baby quilts for her grandchildren, crocheting, and knitting projects for family members, and making handcrafted pinecone wreaths. Eve and Franks home, was 'holiday central', because she was a great hostess and a good cook. Eves specialty was English toffee, fudge, divinity, and pecan pies made from family recipes. Eve was a wonderfully talented seamstress, loved reading novels, and discussing current events. After Frank passed in 2005, Eve enjoyed traveling with Mickey and Marie, visiting Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, art museums, movies, the Rose Parade in the pouring rain, and her sons family in Washington. Eve will be remembered as a very strong, brilliant and remarkable woman who accomplished a lot in her lifetime, was well spoken, very intuitive, artistic, a woman of strong faith who loved being a wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother--- always thinking of others, remembering birthdays and anniversaries with special cards. Her friends and family knew her as witty, loyal and compassionate. Eve was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, for her longtime, dedicated and enthusiastic service as a member of Lancaster Womens Club. Eve will be missed greatly by all who knew her and shared her life. She used to say with her impish grin, 'I wish I could have had that Thunderbird sports car with the porthole window, but, my family means everything to me'. A family and friends gathering will be held April 27, 2013, in celebration of Eves life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Eve Munds name to the Wild Flower Preservation Foundation, P.O. Box 379, Lancaster, CA 93584, as Eve always loved the native wildflowers in Antelope Valley.

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