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Funeral service for Mildred Frank, 92, of Port Orange, who passed away Friday, June 25, 2010 will be 1:00 p.m. Sunday at Temple Beth-El, 579 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach. Interment will follow at Mount Sinai Cemetery on White Street in Daytona Beach. Born March 15, 1918 in Jacksonville, FL, daughter of Israel Max and Ida Lieberman. She graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 1936 and attended Jones Business College. Mildred operated a branch office of Beach Trucking Company and intrastate commerce trucking company and was a postmistress of a branch post office in Jacksonville. She and her family moved to Daytona Beach in 1952 where she assisted her husband, Perry, in owning and managing City Provisioners, a wholesale institutional food business. Their original North Street building was donated to the county by the Frank family. She was low vision from birth and later became totally blind. She started the first Low Vision Support Group in Daytona Beach. Mildred served as a board member for the Extended Family where she was chairwoman of the advisory council for IBET, (Independence for the Blind through Education and Training) which led to the founding of the Center for the Visually Impaired in Daytona Beach. She was the only non-professional invited to participate in an International Learning Forum, sponsored by Veteran Affairs in Atlanta and the Mississippi State University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision. She was invited to a Medical Symposium in Italy and presented Audible and Tactile Systems for coping with vision loss at a conference held at the University of Rome. Mildred was extended an invitation to participate in the worldwide program People to People. She authored "Seeing With The Brain", Blindness Defeated, Nutrition and Coping Skills", and "The Vision Aide Manual". She started the Vision Aide Program through Home Instead Senior Care of Volusia County and was instrumental in the Center for the Visually Impaired in seeking a grant to train volunteers to offer in home services such as reading mail; driving; shopping; identifying and labeling food, medicine and clothing; and installing systems for filing and retrieving information for those who can no longer read or drive. She served on the board of Vision Enhancement and wrote a quarterly column called "Frankly Speaking". She also was a volunteer staff member of the Focus Newsletter for which she wrote many articles. Mildred was a member of Temple Beth-El and a past president of the Temple Sisterhood. Pre-deceased by her husband Perry, she is survived by two sons, Harvey and Larry and their wives Linda and Andrea; one grandson, Jonathan Perry Frank; one great grandson, Elijah Harvey; nieces, Carol Goldberg, Joan Freidlin, and Marilyn Landis; two nephews, Gary Bloom and Ronald Nathan. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations which will support continuing education for caregivers of low vision people of which Mildred's book is used for the curriculum for the class may be made to: Daytona State College Foundation, 1200 International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114 Mildred Frank Low Vision Fund.

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 26, 2010
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