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Frances Holmgren

September 9, 1916 — September 9, 2011

Frances Nordlund Holmgren, of McLean, VA, passed away on September 1, 2011; beloved mother of Mary Holmgren King of Vienna, VA; grandmother of John Wells King, Jr. of Hillsborough, NC; Andrew Christopher King (Lauren) and great-grandson Austin Bear King of Jacksonville, FL.

Frances was born on September 9, 1916 in Auburn, NE. She graduated from Auburn High School in 1933 and attended Ferry hall in Lake Forest, IL before graduating in 1937 from the University of Kansas at Lawrence, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.

She married Howard Stanley Holmgren of Kansas City, MO in 1940 in Auburn. While Howard served in WWII, she lived in Auburn and, upon his return, they lived there until 1958, moving to Omaha, NE until 1986 and then to McLean.

Frances was a 75-year member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority; P.E.O. Chapters DB and DH in Nebraska; and Omaha?s Dundee Presbyterian Church, where she served on the women?s association board. She was a countess in the 1938 Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation in Omaha, representing Southeast Nebraska. In Omaha, she served as president of the Immanuel Hospital Women?s Auxiliary and president of the Omaha Kappa Alumnae Association.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Howard; her parents Carl and Maude Nordlund of Auburn; her grandparents, Carl Oscar and Emily Nelson of Auburn; John and Augusta Nordlund of Topeka, KS.

Her funeral is Tuesday, September 6, in the Vienna Presbyterian Church Chapel at 1 p.m. Graveside service is Friday, September 9, at 1 p.m. at the Sheridan Cemetery near Auburn.

Frances cherished her memories of Ferry Hall and her years of association with Kappa and her Kappa sisters. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Lake Forest Academy?Ferry Hall, 1500 West Kennedy Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045; or the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation, P.O. Box 38, Columbus, OH 43216-0038.
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