Frances Louise Gallimore
Phoenix - Frances Louise Gallimore died in her home in Phoenix, Arizona on January 18, 2018. She was 80.
Fran was born in 1937 in Lexington, North Carolina to Hilda and Marvin Gallimore. After attending Mars Hill College, Fran joined the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.) in Washington, D.C. and was later posted to Berlin, Germany during the Cold War in the late 1950s. While in Berlin, Fran met Richard A. Segal, a Phoenix resident stationed there as an Army JAG officer. They were married in Phoenix in 1961 and had two daughters, Lisa and Amy.
Fran was a Phoenix resident for more than 50 years. She attended Arizona State University and worked in real estate; she also managed legal offices. Fran was an avid tennis player and skier. She loved poetry and politics, fast cars, Arabian horses, gardening and meeting new people.
Fran trekked to Machu Picchu, safaried in Africa, visited temples in Japan, communed with koalas in Australia and traveled extensively in Europe. The only continent she missed was Antarctica. Her favorite place was the beach in La Jolla, California. She delighted in the travels of others, as well, and would regularly show up at the airport to excitedly greet friends and relatives with giant balloons or a mariachi band.
Fran documented adventures large and small in keepsake photo albums for herself and others. Upon retirement, she was a loving and generous surrogate grandmother, impacting the lives of over a dozen wonderful children.
She is survived by her daughters, Lisa Racquel Sullivan (Shawn) of Scottsdale, Arizona and Amy Louise Segal of New York City and her granddaughter Shana Sullivan of Scottsdale, Arizona. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Lorene Gallimore of Thomasville, North Carolina and her niece, Karen Gallimore of High Point, North Carolina. She is pre-deceased by her brothers, Winfred Gallimore, Roy Gallimore and Donald Gallimore.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at a later date.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 25, 2018.