- Published on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 01:00
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier
Frances Kennedy Maas passed peacefully on March 23, 2013. She was born on June 12, 1922. She lived most of the following eighteen (18) years in a village called Culleoka, near McKinney, Texas. She graduated from high school in nearby Princeton and entered nurses training at McKinney City Hospital School of Nursing in September 1940. She also was affiliated with Parkland Hospital in Dallas, graduating in 1943.
Ms. Kennedy began her education with the intention of becoming a medical missionary, but World War II ended those aspirations. She joined the Army Nurse Corps in December 1943, and got her commission as Second Lieutenant. It was in the military that she met and married Lt. Clayton Hamilton Maas in October of 1944.
There were three children born of this union: Malcolm, Katherine, and Steven. Clayton preceded his wife in death. So did their daughter, Kathy.
Frances loved attending services at Trinity Lutheran in Palo Alto where she was a member of the congregation for over fifty years.
She was an avid tennis player, gardener, writer, and volunteer. She was devoted to Los Altos History Museum and Friends of Hidden Villa.
Most of all, Frances loved to learn. At the age of sixty-five, she finished a degree in the Humanities, getting the last three units at the University of London.
She is survived by sons Malcolm and Steven, granddaughter Victoria Blake, siblings Freddie, Jack, Lonie, Charles, Lois, and Beth, plus numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.