Frances "Finley" Peavey 69, died peacefully, October 5, 2010. Family stated "Fran's great love, compassion and spirit have touched thousands of lives around the globe. Her love of justice, nature, and people was evident in all she said and did. She truly lived the principles she espoused. Her sense of humor and wit were priceless gifts to any gathering. She was a beautiful, unique spirit and will be missed by all she knew." Fran was born in Twin Falls, ID to Tom & Dorothy Peavey in 1941. After college, she taught at Roosevelt Jr. HS in SF and pursued doctoral studies at USC. She returned to the Bay area to teach at SFSU. Fran was an organizer in the International Hotel struggle and the Sixth Street Park. She performed as an Atomic Comic with Charlie Varon, and traveled abroad, sitting with a sign "American willing to listen." She founded Crabgrass and collaborated with Indians to form the Sankat Mochan Foundation in Varanasi, whose goal is to clean the Ganges River. Fran wrote many books, and taught workshops on heart politics and strategic questioning in the US and abroad. Work on peace, reconciliation, and water were the focus of her passion. Fran is survived by sister Ann Hoffer (Stefan), brother Arthur Peavey (Cynthia), and sisters Dorothy Pickles (Roger) and Susan Hauth (John), nieces, nephews, great-nephews/nieces, former partner Tova Green, swarms of friends and loved ones as well as her constant companion, Cricket. Memorial services will be held Sat, 10/9 at SF Quaker Meeting House, 65 9th Street, SF at 3 pm. Fran asked in lieu of flowers, donations for Ganges work and other Crabgrass projects can be sent to: Crabgrass, 721 Shrader Street, SF, CA 94117.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 8, 2010.