Frances L. Gregg 1928 - 2009 Chapel Services for Frances L. Gregg will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 10:00 a.m. at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Lane with interment to follow. Beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Fran was the model of an elegant southern lady, with vim, vigor and a vibrancy compared to none. Her winsome gorgeous smile let us all know she was pleased with you and with life in general. She exhibited love, kindness and compassion for all. Her goal was to bring beauty to all through her work as President of Community Concerts for Bakersfield, coordinating weddings and decorating events for Newcomers. She was born in West Virginia, but eventually moved to Maryland where she attended high school and college. She was employed by what is now Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America (PHARMA), working closely with Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. After moving her family to California in 1964, she remained in the pharmaceutical industry and was employed by Allergan Pharmaceuticals in Irvine, CA. She remarried and moved to Bakersfield in 1970, where she changed industries landing in the produce business as executive assistant to the President of Heggblade- Marguleas, eventually finishing her career at the Bakersfield Californian as the executive assistant to the Editor. Retirement brought delight as she embarked in the planning, creation and execution of happy events as a Wedding Coordinator. Unfortunately, Fran was a victim of Polio when she was two years old and although throughout her life no one would have noticed due to her boundless energy and vitality, the post-polio syndrome finally expressed itself. Because of that, she turned to something less taxing physically, but was able to provide a way to still create beauty by volunteering for Community Concerts. She was President and Publicity Director for almost 20 years. In addition, she was involved in Newcomers Association of Bakersfield (NAB). Her three children by her first marriage were always the most important in her life. She was a loving mother, full of laughter, wisdom and compassion. She traveled extensively and planned many exciting trips up and down the eastern seaboard from Miami to Ottowa, Canada as well as across the U.S., Canada and Hawaii. She was a patriot, always interested in politics and the preservation of freedom. She had a deep faith and always knew that her loving God was in control of all life's events. Our comfort is that we will one day be with her in heaven, for she truly was an angel to all who knew her. She was one of those rare individuals who was always positive in outlook and generous of spirit. Our hearts are broken, but her memory will live on. Fran is preceded in death by her mother, Myrtle E. Moore, her father, her sister, Lura Dennis. Her beloved husband of 32 years David A. Gregg preceded her only a year ago. She is survived by her children, Cheryl Spaulding Van Beek and her husband Cornie of Fresno, Brian Spaulding of Bakersfield and Tracey Spaulding Gibson and her husband Jim of Merced; grandchildren, Tara Gibson, Jacob and Michael Van Beek; her stepchildren, Gail Gregg Hansford of Sacramento, Davette Gregg Jones and Greg of Sacramento, Rosemarie Gregg Coulthard and Jeff of Fresno, Scott Gregg and Mary Jo of Fresno; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:56 Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 8, 2009.