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Frances M. Burnham

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Frances Margarita (Parry) Burnham, age 71, of Cohasset and London, England, died on Dec. 26, 2012 surrounded by family at home. Beloved wife of David H. Burnham. Loving mother of Amery A. Burnham of Cambridge and Hugh T.R. Burnham and his wife Nicole of Los Gatos, CA., cherished sister-in-law Beverly Parry Robinson of Nevis, West Indies. Aunt of Blair Parry of Boston, Wilson Parry of New York City, Sister of David Parry of Philadelphia, PA., and Susan Stearns of Sanburton, N.H. For over forty years, Frannie bred and raised Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. She made up: the first American Champion, the first Secretariat of the Breed, the first Ruby dog Champion, and the first Black and Tan Bitch Champion. She enjoyed judging the breed in England and Wales. Her kennel name Tarryon was famous throughout the Cavalier world. Frannie was an Overseer of Plimouth Plantation for 25 years and a Council member of New England Historic and Genealogical Society. She was a Vestry Member of St. Stephens Church in Cohasset, MA, and a board member of the New England Farm and Garden Assocation. She was a life member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants, Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and a member of: The Pilgrims, National Society of Colonial Dames of Massachusetts, the Cohasset Discussion Club, and the Lansdowne Club of London, England. Frannie also served for many years on the Club Life Committee of the Somerset Club of Boston and was active in the Junior League of Boston and London and the Childrens Museum Aide. She was a member of the Cohasset Golf Club and Yacht Club. Frannie graduated from Northeastern University and received a Masters from Antioch University. She graduated from the Radcliffe Publishing Program .She served with her husband of 49 years in the US Peace Corps in Ethiopia and was Education Director at the Boston Respiratory Disease Association for several years. A Memorial Service was celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at 11 a.m. in St. Stephens Church, 16 Highland Ave., Cohasset, MA. 02025. In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Frannie may be made to St. Stephens Church, 16 Highland Ave., Cohasset, MA. 02025, or Plimouth Plantation, or N.E. Historic and Geneological Society. The Interment service is private. There will be no visiting hours. For an online guest book, please visit www.mcnamara-sparrell.com McNamara-Sparrell Cohasset-Norwell 781-383-0200

Published in The Cohasset Mariner from Dec. 28, 2012 to Jan. 4, 2013
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