|Birth: ||May 10, 1915|
|Death: ||Aug. 31, 2011|
Frances G. Armstrong, 96, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and recently of Solvang, Calif., passed away Aug. 31, 2011, in Frankfort, Mich.
Frances was born to Canadian parents, Alfred and Jane Grey in Oak Park, Ill., on May 10, 1915, where her father was a congregational minister. Frances attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., where she joined the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Later, she transferred to Pomona College in California, where she graduated in nursing in 1938.
Later that same year she married Arthur A. Armstrong, who had a law degree from Harvard. Together Fran and Art had four children, Jeremy Thomas, Judy Smith, Jeffrey and James Armstrong.
While her children were in school, Fran was active in numerous charitable and school organizations, including president of the PTA and the Assistance League of Southern California.
Fran and Arthur lived 40 years of their married life in Studio City, Calif., and 21 years on the Alisal Ranch in Solvang Calif., but Fran's heart always belonged to Crystal Lake, Mich. So in 2001, Fran bought a house, set back in the woods, a block from Crystal Lake. She named this house "Fran's Folly" and had 10 wonderful summers there, with her loving friends and family. Frances had been going to Crystal Lake in Michigan every summer since she was 10 years old. When she was 18, she swam the 4.5 miles across Crystal Lake and went to a dance that night.
Fran was an exceptional artist, first in oil paintings and later in beautiful mosaics. Fran loved to travel and took numerous trips to Europe with her husband and children, including visiting the mosaic tile factory in Venice, Italy, where she chose her colored glass tiles. Fran was known to all her friends as a wonderful gourmet cook and a gracious hostess.
Fran was the fabric that held her family together, always ready to talk or listen when needed. She was a dear friend to many, and she will be missed by all.
A private memorial was held in Frankfort, for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to one of Fran's favorite charities: The American Farmland Trust, 1200 18th St. NW, Ste. 800, Washington, D.C. 20036.
Published in Post Register on September 18, 2011
Created by: Barb
Record added: Sep 18, 2011
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Added: Sep. 18, 2011