Frances Vivian Henderson, vibrant, joyful, loving, beautiful and a life-long learner was born March 9, 1926, and passed away peacefully on March 16, 2020. A 1st generation Californian from an Illinois family that immigrated to California in 1908. Frances is survived by 3 daughters (Cynthia Riordan, Carol Danaher, and Christy Pogue), 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She loved and was loved deeply. In 1943, she met her husband, William Charles Henderson, at a dance while he was on leave from the Navy. Their eyes met across the dance floor and it was love at first sight. They remained in love throughout their 63-year marriage. She created a welcome and dynamic home for her family and others that was rarely without homemade cookies and pies. Her child rearing philosophy was one of providing opportunity and experiences that would build life-long confidence and development of interests. She faithfully carried on her grandmother’s tradition of family meals as a time for connection and nourishment.
Her 3 daughters and grandchildren carry on this tradition with their families. In the 1960s and 1970s, Fran was “Mumsie” to many of her daughters’ young friends. She nourished these relationships until her death. Fran was a cherished friend by many neighbors, bridge groups, fellow church members and volunteers. She is missed for her lively sense of humor, common sense, generosity, and smarts. She loved to entertain, cooking fabulous meals for her guests. Fran graduated from college when she was 52 years old with a major in Dietetics from San Jose State. She provided nutrition counseling from her home. Frances volunteered for the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, Child Advocates of Santa Clara County, and the Veteran’s Hospital in Palo Alto. She was a founding member of the Foothill Congregational Church, sang in the choir, and volunteered until age got in her way. No memorial service is scheduled at this time. We will celebrate Fran once there is no health risk in gathering together.