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Frances Ann McVey

January 21, 1926 ~ May 28, 2021 (age 95)


The world lost a consummate storyteller--and one of the best crossword puzzle solvers ever--when Frances Ann McVey (M.A., R.N.) passed away recently at the age of 95. Born the eighth of nine children in Queens, New York, Frances spent her life caring for other people, whether it was her family members, her patients, or her students. Her intelligence, people skills, and sense of humor were just a few of her remarkable talents and traits. As a nurse, she traveled the globe to help teach/implement public health services and policies, representing the Brooklyn Visiting Nurses Association as their Executive Director for many years. In the late 1960s, she also enjoyed teaching nursing at Cornell University. However, one of her fondest memories while with the VNA was working in the summer of 1974 with the Navajo Nation, where she developed a love of indigenous art and appreciation of Navajo culture and its people. After living most of her life in New York, she and her sisters Bess and Jane retired to Florida, but decided to relocate to Arizona in the early 1990s. It was in Arizona where her family members really got to know and love her. Her kind and generous nature endeared her to everyone she met, whether it was a young child sitting next to her, a service employee, or a stranger she met at a store. Simple pleasures brought Fran much happiness: one or two espressos, shopping for Coach purses, reading, watching Jeopardy, and dining at her favorite Scottsdale restaurants--Cafe Forte and Veneto Trattoria--all of these meant so much to her. Frances is survived by her sister, Jane; her nephews Stephen, Michael, and Henry McVey; her nieces Meg (Peter) Cullum and Karen McVey, her sister-in-law, Charlotte McVey; her great-nieces Kelly McVey, Claire McVey, and Alannah Cullum; and last but not least, her favorite canine companion for the last 15 years: Fergus McVey, her beloved Westie who misses her very much. Frances’ viewing and rosary were held on Thursday, June 3, 2021, and her memorial service and mass will take place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale, on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 10 am.

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