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ANDERSON, Frances
ANDERSON, Frances A lively, generous, strong and resilient woman gave up the good fight at dawn on Monday Oct. 21, 2013. Frances Theresa Anderson died, at peace, in her bed. She was 93. Born in Philadelphia in 1920, she was one of the few in her family who graduated from high school. As a result, she could work as a secretary at Stetson's Hat Factory and at a feed store rather than be a laborer. Although she loved her mother, she left her situation and an unhappy marriage and went west after signing up with the Women's Corp of the United States Air Force. She rarely regretted her decision. She took a job as hostess at the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station following her honorable discharge. There she would meet astronauts, jet pilots, famous scientists, and her future husband, Paul Anderson. They were married in Sparks, Nev. on March 17, 1955, St. Patrick's Day. Paul went to work at Edwards Air Force Base, photographing Sputnik while Frances kept house. Her daughter Theresa soon arrived, closely followed by her son Mark. Frances became a dedicated member of Sacred Heart Catholic Community where she joined the Catholic Daughters and was, for a time, President of the Mother's Guild. When she and Paul moved to Quartz Hill, Frances joined a fledgling Catholic community celebrating mass in the gym at Paraclete High School, which eventually became Fr. Serra Parish, where she ran the gift shop for many years. Whether it was her work with St. Rita's Prayer Group or cooking meals for the hungry at St. Vincent de Paul's, Frances was a model for volunteerism through the remainder of her life. She leaves behind her children, eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and scores of friends across the continent. We will miss her smile, her pointing finger, and all of the fabulous, filling meals that caused her family to stretch out on her carpet and smile. Thank you, Nama. We love you.

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