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Frances Brown


1920 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
November 24, 1920 - September 29, 2015 Frances Schnee Brown, 94, died peacefully at the home of her daughter Nan Karnes on September 29, 2015. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 24, 1920, the daughter of Minnie and Lewis Schnee. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1924. "Fran" grew up in Boyle Heights and graduated from Roosevelt High School and Los Angeles City College. She met the love of her life, Don, and was married for 68 years until his death in 2007. They lived in City Terrace and Marina del Rey. They enjoyed hosting family gatherings and traveling extensively, often hauling their beloved boat, the 'Fran Sea,' to their many destinations. Fran lived the last several years of her life in Manhattan Beach, surrounded by family and friends. Filled with interest and compassion for others, Fran was President of the Beverly West National Council of Jewish Women and City of Hope. She was an active volunteer in her community and served on the PTA while her children attended school. In her later years, you could find her as a "greeter" at the Tuesday Adgile Bridge Club in Hermosa Beach. Fran is survived by her children Nan,Craig (Christine), Alan (Tara), Roger (deceased) and wife Alouise.�Affectionately known as 'Nana,'�her eleven grandchildren include Jeff (Elizabeth), Matt (Erin), Tim, Michael, David (Angela), Melissa, Daniel, Teryn, Alara, Ryan and Aaron. Her six great grandchildren include Hanna, Hayden, Katherine, Hudson, Bradon, and Denver. The family thanks their very special angel and caregiver, Ester Yee, for her love and compassion. Fran will be remembered for her favorite sayings, "A Bi Gezunt" (as long as you are healthy) and "Shayna Punim" (pretty face). Her secret to a long and healthy life - "Take your Vitamin C and move the body." Donations can be made in Fran's name to the National Council of Jewish Women.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 2 to Oct. 5, 2015
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