Frances Barbee

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Frances Lee Barbee

Frances Lee Barbee, 87, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away Monday, January 22, 2018, peacefully at home. Fran was born in West Virginia to Judson Lee and Mattie Bowling. She became an operating room nurse in Philadelphia and continued at Lovelace Hospital when she moved to Albuquerque, where she would call home. Fran thrived as an independent woman doing something she loved and acquired a second family among her fellow nurses and doctors who remained lifelong friends.

Fran maintained strong connections with everyone she loved, especially her cherished dogs, through the years. Her friends will remember her traveler's spirit, bird watching pastime, loyal patronage of the Santa Fe Opera, and fanatical support of the New Mexico Lobos basketball team.

Fran is survived by her sister, Martha Ganz and her favorite brother-in-law, Arthur; brother, Harold "Skip" Klingaman; four nieces; and grand nephews and nieces.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Feb. 18, 2018