Frances Blackman Brewer passed away on October 25, 2006, just 6 days before her 92nd birthday. A native Californian and longtime South Bay resident, Frances is survived by her 3 sons, Burleigh of Irvine, California and his wife, Judy, Tim of Issaquah, Washington and Jerry of Park City, Utah and his wife, Susan, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Frances was born October 31, 1914 in Beverly Hills, California where she attended elementary and high school. In 1936 she graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles where she served as Freshman Class Vice-President and was active in Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. It was at UCLA where she met her husband, C.L. Brewer. Frances and C.L. were married in 1938 in Beverly Hills and then moved to Mineral Wells, Texas, San Francisco and Santa Monica during WWII. After the war they lived in Manhattan Beach from 1946 to 1975 and finally settled in Hawthorne after C.L.'s retirement. They spent 61 happy years together before C.L.'s death in 1999. Throughout her life, Frances was devoted to her family and friends and loved gardening (she was well known for her Cymbidiums) and cooking. She was a member of the Mayflower Society and, until recently, was an active member of The Sandpipers. With her happy, positive attitude, Frances was an inspiration to many. She was a loving wife, wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and friend who will be missed by all who knew her. A celebration of Frances' long and happy life will be held November 18, 2006 at White and Day Chapel, Manhattan Beach, California. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations in her name to The Braille Institute Tribute Fund.

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  1. I was saddened to read about Fran’s passing in the paper today, but I know she lead such a full life. Fran and CL were old time friends of my parents, Glad and Chuck Leonard. As a young girl growing up, I remember the many good times that my family shared with your parents and the Elmendorfs. Fran was always so kind, warm and friendly to me! She was such a positive,caring person. My folks passed away over 28 years ago, but I would run into Fran and CL in Man. Bch. where my husband Tom and I have lived for 32 years. The last time I ran into Fran was at the Galleria a few years back, where she was shopping with a neighbor. Although her sight was limited, she was still so positive and strong. I know you will all miss your mother greatly, but she has a great spot in heaven now. Fran was a terrific person, mother, wife and friend.

  2. Dear Tim and Jerry, Some people come into our lives, touch our hearts and make a lasting impression. Your mom was one of those special people. Wishing you comfort, peace and hope at this time. Sincerely, Ron Stephens

  3. My condolences go out to all the Family of Fran Brewer. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by so many.

  4. Tim, Jerry and Burleigh – I saw your mother’s obit in today’s paper…. and I don’t know if you remember our family, but I am the younger daughter of George and Mary Eliz Bettinger, who used to socialize with your parents in Manhatten Beach whenever we stayed at my grandparents’ beach house on 3rd. My sister, Karen, and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy at the loss of your dear mother. How wonderful that she was able to enjoy a good life for so long, and be with your father for so many years! While our dad is no longer with us, Mom is still alive in an assisted care facility, at age 93. I know she would join us in our condolences if she could. I remember visiting your house as a child, and your mother’s beautiful flowers. I became a collector of cymbidiams also, and I wonder now if that affection for those flowers stems from seeing your mother’s beautiful orchids. I’d like to think it left that kind of impression. Our best wishes go out to each of you and your families.

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