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Frances Habersham "Frankie" Fonde Brogan
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Birth: Dec. 17, 1922
Knoxville
Knox County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jan. 18, 2009
Townsend
Blount County
Tennessee, USA

KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL, Knoxville, TN, January 23, 2009, obituary

BROGAN, FRANCES (FRANKIE) HABERSHAM FONDE age 86, died peacefully at her beloved TreeTops home in Townsend, Tennessee on Sunday, January 18, 2009, after 6 weeks as a Blount Memorial Hospice patient. Her daughters, Rebecca (Becki) Bishop of Brighton, Michigan, Katherine Enyart of Austin, Texas, and daughter-of-the-heart, Carol Murray of New York, were at her side at the time of her death. Her son, Robert (Bob) T. Brogan, Jr. of Houston, Texas was enroute but his voice was present, singing a favorite family song, as she breathed her last.

Frankie's zest for life, and indomitable optimism never faded, nor did her natural beauty. Frankie was born in Knoxville on December 17, 1922, the first of five children born to Rhea King and Charles Henry Fonde. She grew up in the Morningside neighborhood east of downtown Knoxville, where she made life long friends, Caroline (Clemens) Harris, Marty (Whaley) Russell, Ruth (Collins) Pierce, Irene (Edmonds) Sniegocki, Joan (Moore) Hancock, and Betty (Fowler) Doublestein. These "Morningside Girls" have loved and supported each other through all of life's challenges for more than eighty years. After graduating from Knoxville High School in 1940, she attended the University of Tennessee where she was a member of Chi Omega, was named Miss University of Tennessee, and Sweetheart of Sigma Chi. She was also a fine student and was honored by a placement at the Merrill-Palmer Institute for Child and Family Development in Detroit, Michigan.
Her beauty and vibrant personality attracted many admirers, but her heart was captured by a young pilot, Robert Thomas (Tom) Brogan. They were married in the chapel of St. John's Episcopal Church, now the Cathedral, on January 8, 1944. Their romance continued through 64 years of marriage. Over the years, Frankie and Tom had four children, Becki, Bob, Sue, and Katherine, and lived in New York, Michigan, and Texas before returning to her home state of Tennessee and retirement close to her beloved Smoky Mountains. As she had done throughout her life, Frankie entered fully into the life of the community, contributing her many talents, and indefatigable energy to many causes, including the Friends of Mary E. Tippet Memorial Library, and the Guild of the Smoky Mountain Heritage Center. Frankie was a gifted writer, and often wrote humorous or tender poems to mark special family occasions. She was also a woman of deep faith, and in 1982 a book describing her spiritual journey, The Snare of the Fowler, was published by Chosen Books. Her creativity took many forms, and she loved to give gifts that were "Frankie Made". Above all Frankie was a people person. She was the world's most extroverted extrovert! She was a good friend to people of all ages and walks of life, and was loved by all who knew her. She drew people to her because she radiated love, acceptance and a sincere interest in each individual who came into her life. She particularly loved to gather her family together, and in 2001 organized a family reunion that brought all the Fonde/King clan together in joyous celebration at a lodge in Townsend, TN. Her devotion to family and friends inspired a return of devotion to her.

Upon learning of her death, a cousin wrote "I just can't get over how cheerful and strong and brave and kind and laughing and just totally loveable Frankie was!" Frankie lost her lifetime love and biggest fan, her husband of 64 years, Robert Thomas (Tom) Brogan, on May 24, 2008. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Fonde (Andy) Klemmt; her grandson, Marshall Thomas Klemmt; and her sister, Rhea Fonde (Robert) Nathan.

She is survived by her children, Becki (Max) Bishop, Bob (Pamela) Brogan, and Katherine (Mike) Enyart; sisters, Anne (Calvin) Walter of Knoxville and Alice (Garnett) Kincaid, of Clinton; and her brother, Henry Fonde of Ann Arbor, MI; nine granddaughters, Lisa Bishop (Phil) Davisson, Catherine Bishop, Faith Bishop, Christie Brogan, Julia Brogan (Josh) Giles, Nika Brogan, Genevieve (Trace) Enyart-Faulkner, Amarin Enyart, and Amy Farrar (Josh) Gibbs; and two great-grandchildren, Caylynn Bishop and Cayden Giles.

Frankie's life will be celebrated at a service at St. John's Cathedral in Knoxville on Saturday, January 24th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception for family and friends in the Parish Hall. The interment of her ashes will take place before the service at 10:00 a.m. in the Cathedral memorial garden. 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles Henry Fonde (1891 - 1974)
  Rhea Habersham King Fonde (1892 - 1997)
 
 Spouse:
  Robert Thomas Brogan (1920 - 2008)*
 
 Siblings:
  Frances Habersham Fonde Brogan (1922 - 2009)
  Henry Fonde (1924 - 2009)*
  Rhea King Fonde Nathan (1930 - 1994)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: ashes were interred
 
Burial:
Saint John's Cathedral Memorial Garden
Knox County
Tennessee, USA
 
Created by: Cousins by the Dozens
Record added: Mar 15, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49725748
 

 
 
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