Published: 1:57 pm, Sun. Dec. 24th, 2017Updated: 1:56 pm
Mary Frances Gandy Brown, 86, of Artesia, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017.
Frances, as she was known to all, was born June 21, 1931, in Rogers, Texas, to Robert Herbert and Mary Florence (Davis) Gandy. She graduated from Temple High School in 1948 and married Thomas E. Brown Jr. Nov. 22, 1949, at home in Temple, Texas. Tom survives her at the family home.
Frances took some classes at Baylor University while waiting for Tom to graduate, and the couple moved to Artesia in 1951.
The Browns have three children: MaryAnn Brown of Westminster, Calif., Paula Brown Miller of Roswell, and Thomas E. “Tracy” Brown III and wife Wendy Forbes Brown of Albuquerque. In addition, they have two granddaughters, Mary Michelle Miller Pisciotta and husband Tom of Frisco, Texas, and Anna Cassidy Brown and fiancé Zack Grunewald of Tulsa, Okla.
Frances loved her granddaughters and was there when they were born. Michelle, who was born on Frances’ birthday, spent a great deal of time with her Grannye and Papa. Frances and Michelle called each other “frick and frack” and traveled together for many years. Cassidy considered Frances one of her main role models and her hero.
In addition to the immediate family, Frances is survived by her brother, Leslie Gandy, and wife Myra of Stephenville, Texas, and her sister-in-law, Ruby Gandy, of Temple. She is also survived by Mary Butcher Macaulay – the Browns’ foreign exchange student whom she considered her adopted daughter – and husband Phil of Perth, Australia; nieces Linda Rosenkranz Miller and husband Walt of Houston, Texas, Karen Fisher Chirico and family, and Anita Fisher Cohen, husband Jeff, and family, both of Phoenix, Ariz., Robyn Gandy South of Temple, and Leslie Lynn Gandy Wills and family of Stephenville; and nephew Robert David Gandy of Temple.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Herbert Gandy; her mother, Mary Florence (Davis) Gandy Mooring; sister Laura Gandy Rosenkranz and brother-in-law Fred Rosenkranz; nephew Freddie Rosenkranz; niece Patricia Rosenkranz Krysinski, husband Tom Krysinski, and their son David; brother Robert Herbert Gandy; and sister Doris Gandy Fisher and brother-in-law J.K. Fisher.
Frances was a lifelong Baptist and a member of First Baptist Church of Artesia, where she taught Sunday School. She was a member of PEO Chapter J in Artesia for many years and also belonged to several bridge clubs in Artesia. She continued to play for many years following her Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
Frances was blessed with many friends she met in Artesia and those from around the state she met in Santa Fe while Tom was in the New Mexico Legislature and was later lobbying. The time spent in Santa Fe and her “Need for Speed” were also the main reasons she was on a first-name basis with many of the New Mexico State Police officers who patrolled U.S. 285.
Frances and her friends liked to spend time together at least once a year. The “Good Time Girls” met in Ruidoso for a few days each year to catch up and play cards. Her Artesia friends celebrated someone’s birthday each month, and several of her friends may or may not have helped Frances roll an outhouse from a construction site down the alley (you know who you are).
Corine Guzman became her caretaker and friend, and along with the efforts of Tom and daughter Paula, helped Frances to stay at home for as long as she did. Thank you to all who knew, loved, and cared for Frances.
No services will be held at this time. A memorial service will be scheduled after the holidays.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to PEO Chapter J Artesia, First Baptist Church of Artesia, or The Alzheimer’s Association.
Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.