Frances
Frances Cochanides Economides June 15, 1917 - August 10, 2011 Frances Cochanides Economides was a native of Erie, PA. She was a graduate of Edinboro University and of Columbia University. She served her country with the American Red Cross in the Southwest Pacific 1943 to 1945. Frances taught at Belmont High School for two and a half years, then 31 years as Professor of Speech at Los Angeles Valley College. The widow of James Economides, Lt. Det. LAPD, she is survived by her loving family: sister, Kathryn (Peter, deceased) Stumpus; and her two nieces and their families: Joelle, Jim, Peter, Dean and Phoibe Bardos; and Cathy, Louis, David, and Kathryn Constantine. A prayer service will be held on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 11am at Rice Mortuary in Torrance. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 722 Knob Hill, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 or to Midnight Mission, 396 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. Please use this website to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services. Check back to view the online video tribute.

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  1. We are going to miss Auntie Fran so much. Her memory will always be remember with love and a big smile on our faces. Love, The Pierson’s and Timberlakes

  2. I was a student of Mrs. Cochanides, while at Belmont High School. I had recently arrived from Hungary, 1946 and was in her class, barely speaking English at the time. I remember her a the kindly teacher who alwasy came to class properly dressed, high heels, skirt and blouse. She exuded a charm and kindness. I have just finished my autobiography and mentions her as one of my favorite teachers while at Belmont high School. I then went on to UCLA, Korean War, dental school and now a clinical professor at the USC School of Dentistry. I shall always remeber her taht amont the numerous teachers I had, she stood out as a lady in every sense of the word. May God bless her and her eternal memory, David Stevenson, DDS, a gratefuful student from Belmont High School (1946-1949)

  3. To the family of Fran Enconomides, I was sorry to hear about Fran. I am happy that I was able to see her and talk to her at the Festival last month. Due to minor surgery, I will not be able to attend the service on Monday, but my thoughts are with all of you. Love, Georgia Vasila

  4. What I will always remember about Fran is that she was upbeat and optimistic, even when her health became more of a challenge. We will miss her! May her memory be eternal. Love Always, The Pierson’s. Russell, Renee, Garrett, and Lauren

  5. I was saddened to read of Mrs. Economides passing. Back in 1964 I took a required speech class from her and she really opened me up. What a wonderful sense of humor, and so accepting of what all the students brought to the podium each time we had to step up. It has been so long since I’ve seen her name and just the thought of her makes me feel good all over again. 47 years later… What a rich life Frances must have had… my condolences

  6. I was saddened to read of Mrs. Economides passing. Back in 1964 I took a required speech class from her and she really opened me up. What a wonderful sense of humor, and so accepting of what all the students brought to the podium each time we had to step up. It has been so long since I’ve seen her name and just the thought of her makes me feel good all over again. 47 years later… What a rich life Frances must have had… my condolences

  7. Dear Joel and Kathy, What a beautiful remembrance of Thea Frances. She would have loved the sea shots. She was special to me when I went Back to School @ age 50. “Just do it, just write,” she said. I had Mr McGuire as an English Teacher. She was head of Dept. and she was an inspiration always God rest her soul and give your entire family a long healthy life. ZOI SE SAS!In sincerest sympathy, and love, Bill and Vergie Papalexis

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