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Franklin Susan Dole


1938 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Franklin Susan Dole Obituary
January 29, 1938 - September 28, 2016
If Sue had it her way, Frank himself would be singing Fly Me to The Moon at her funeral. Franklin Susan Dole died September 28th, at Hoag Hospital, near her home in Newport Beach, CA. She was in good spirits to the end, and her family was there as she entered into surgery - her last interactions were positive and loving. Newport Beach and the world at large lost a true original and a family lost its Matriarch. Sue was born in Clovis, New Mexico; a much younger sister to two brothers and one sister. Her dad, a railroad man, moved the family a few times before settling in San Bernadino where she found her true love; a skinny baseball player named Dick Dole. For 35 years, she was partner to Dick's executive career at the Southland Corporation (7-Eleven), which in turn provided for adventure and lifelong friends. Throughout her life, Franklin Susan Dole liked being different and she did things her way - playful, often with a touch of the mischievous. She loved and nurtured her family as a dedicated daughter, sister, niece, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She never wavered in her love and support for her three children, Donna, Jeff, and Kelly and their spouses, ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Frankie Sue loved to travel and she generously shared that experience with her family. Greece, Spain, and Portugal were favorites, but Cuernavaca and the people of Mexico had a special place in her heart. Her home, Casa Piña, and the treasures within reflected that appreciation, as well as her personality and life journey. Mom Loved red wine, art, bright shirts, cheese, detective novels, The Balcony, sunsets, mustards, sipping tequila, massages, hot tubs, gardening, mens' legs, being liberal, junking, a clean patio, John Wooden, UCLA, Willie Mays and the SF Giants, lists, Phred, Sue's coffee blend, film cameras and photos, corks, Saint Patrick's Day, puppy-breath, frisbee, striped PJs, the Crab Cooker, Casa Thompson, steak & swordfish, unique jewelry, comics, San Francisco, sea glass, purple, red wine (again), big plates, BBQs, hatch and padron chiles, the good luck handsome horse, hats, hummingbirds, handwritten letters, stocking stuffers, the staghorn fern, skeletons, friends, family and always, her husband Dick.
Her friends and family will come together for a Day of the Dead-themed celebration of her life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of her favorites Sierra Club, Amnesty International, Sherman Gardens or K-Jazz.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 10 to Oct. 16, 2016
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