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September 18, 1915 - June 5, 2015 Frances Richardson Looney, known to everyone as "Francie", passed away at her home in Seal Beach surrounded by her family and caregivers on June 5, 2015, three months shy of her 100th birthday. A native of New Haven, Ct., Francie had lived in New York and Boston before moving to Seal Beach in 1978, when the birth of her first grandchild, Alexander, lured her and her husband, also Francis, to the West Coast. She always said "and the weather didn't hurt either." She and her husband, Francis Looney, met in the first grade. Married on October 12, 1939, they lived a full life until his death in 2001.The oldest of six and the last survivor of her siblings, Francie attributed her strength to having survived the Depression, and WWII, "when you couldn't get anything!", and to having married her perfect compliment. At the age of 42, Francie decided to fulfill a lifelong goal and enrolled as a freshman in college. She graduated 4 years later, magna cum laude, with a degree in Library Science. The two Fran's traveled the world and drove cross country twice, the second time to celebrate their Golden wedding anniversary in 1989. Always a wonderful cook, Francie's meals complimented Mr. Fran's wine selections. A devoted fan of Julia Child, Francie got to meet the famous chef at a book signing at the Los Angeles Public Library in 1993. Francie baked fabulous French bread and on Saturday mornings friends of her grandsons would mysteriously show up by 10 am. when they knew the bread would be coming soon. Her mother loved music in the house and Francie became an accomplished piano player at an early age. You could hum her a tune and she could play it. She shipped her Steinway grand to California and even after suffering a broken shoulder at the age of 92, she could be heard jamming with her grandchildren or playing songs in memory of her late husband. Francie will join her husband in Arlington National Cemetery. She leaves a son Paul Looney and wife Bernice and their two children, Hope and Paul Looney of North Haven Ct., and daughter Hope Troy and husband Philip and their two sons, Alexander and Joseph Troy of Seal Beach. Alexander and his wife Barbara and their two sons Liam and Finn reside in San Francisco. She was the cornerstone of her family but she has passed her recipes, sheet music, and incredible wisdom on to her grandchildren who are now professional teachers, chefs and musicians. Happy 100th birthday today, Francie. We miss you very very much.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 14 to Sept. 18, 2015
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