May 27, 1925-Feb. 21, 2011
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Frances C. Nippes, 85, a 40-year resident of Atherton, died Feb. 21, 2011.
Frances departed this life at her home in Atherton after a courageous 4 year battle with ovarian cancer. At the time of her passing, Frances was surrounded by her family and at her side was Dick Nippes, devoted husband of almost 64 years. Frances and Dick had a wonderful marriage that was full of love and together they enjoyed many simple pleasures such as visits from the children and grandchildren, great conversations over evening cocktails, entertaining friends, bridge parties, as well as Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.
Frances was born in Philadelphia, Penn., and, after marrying Dick in 1948, they lived in several east coast cities including Barberton, Ohio, Natick, Mass., Westfield, N.J., and Pittsburgh, Penn., before moving to Atherton, Calif., in the summer of 1971. She was an avid volunteer and an active member of several charity organizations. Her favorites were the local charities where her activities made a difference including Holbrook Palmer Park, Atherton Dames, and Atherlons. She enjoyed being a member of several social bridge groups and discovering new recipes with Recipe Traders.
Frances is survived by her husband Dick and four children, Rick Nippes of San Francisco, Jim Nippes of Menlo Park, Louise Gusha of Pleasanton and Bill Nippes of Mountain View. Frances (affectionately called Mema) leaves behind six grandchildren, Nicole, Andrew, James and Mark Gusha all of Pleasanton, CA; and Matthew and Kristen Nippes of Mountain View, CA. She is also survived by daughters-in-law, Mary Rohan Nippes of Menlo Park, Teresa Nippes of Mountain View and son-in-law Greg Gusha of Pleasanton.