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Francine M. Liebman


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Francine M. Liebman Obituary
March 30, 1926 - August 9, 2017 Francine Liebman, born Francine Joan McFarland, died on Wednesday, August 9, in her home in Rancho Mirage, California. Francine McFarland Liebman was born in New York City on March 30, 1926. Her father was an architect and Naval officer in WWII, and her mother worked at the Doris Duke Foundation as Ms. Duke's personal assistant. She graduated from Hunter College in 1947 and went on to receive her Master's in Communications from Columbia University. She was accepted to law school, but began working in advertising and went on to have a successful career with McCann Erickson in New York City. In 1957, she married Henry Liebman, and Fran and Henry traveled the world together. They lived for many years on Long Island and later moved to California. She was an avid reader, theater patron, and bridge enthusiast. Tennis was a lifelong passion and she was a devoted fan of the game. She also enjoyed engaging in philosophical conversations with her nieces and nephews. She is survived by her sister-in-law and best friend, Selma Uris of Rancho Mirage, CA; nieces and nephews, Andrew Uris (Rick Odell) of Rancho Mirage, CA, Joan Eklund of Centreville, VA, Georgia Deal (Thomas Ashcraft) of University Park, MD, Sharon Deal (Yitna Firdyiwek) of Charlottesville, VA, Frank Deal of New York City, NY, Susan Ward (Adam Ward) of Los Gatos, CA, and Marylise Cobey (Damian Cobey) of Fredericksburg, VA; and grandnieces and grandnephews Jesse and Emily Caesar, Derek and Brooke Eklund, Kady and Frances Ashcraft, Ephraim and Hannah Firdyiwek, Jake Deal, Sarah Holton, and Evan and Lila Cobey. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry Liebman, sister, Ruth McFarland Deal, niece, Beth Uris, and brother-in-law Michael Uris. A Mass celebrating Fran's life will be held Wednesday, August 16 at 1:00 PM at Sacred Heart Church, 43775 Deep Canyon Rd., Palm Desert, CA 92260.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 16, 2017
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