Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Marion Frances Stone

  • No services per her request.  A memorial potluck is being planned at Marina View.

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  • Frances was born on February 3, 1924 in Bakersfield, CA and passed away on May 29 at the age of 88. She grew up & raised her family in Taft, and lived in the Bass Lake/North Fork area for the past 30 years. She lived a full and active life. As a stay at home mom, Frances was known for being an exceptional baker and candy maker, gardener, artist, seamstress, and social organizer. Since the 50’s her creativity has been shared during Christmas with her various homemade yard and rooftop displays that included sleds, reindeer, carolers, etc., and hundreds of lights. She was the multi-talented Martha Stewart of her time.
    In addition to her career as a homemaker, Frances was active in many community and political organizations including PTA president, Emblem club officer, Girl Scout Leader, and political organizer, who regularly developed telephone trees on election day for her favorite candidate. Frances had a passion for reading and reading five books a month was normal for her until her death.
    Frances played weekly bridge or pinochle over her lifetime and played lots of Bunco in the 60’s. She loved to entertain and organize social gatherings wherever she lived, travelled, or vacationed. She was an engaging storyteller, whose embellishments made you wish you were there or had met the person she was talking about, and then realized you had. An excellent fiber artist, she leaves behind a masterful collection of needle points, quilts, crocheted afghans, and designer inspired knit apparel.
    Frances is survived by her husband of 70 years, Bob Stone, who will continue living in the memory care facility adjacent to her assisted living apartment in Fresno; daughter Carol Stone and husband Ken Collins of Friant; son Bob Stone of O’Neals; grandson Dylan Stone of Fresno; and granddaughter Tricia Stone of San Luis Obispo. She also leaves behind, her beloved dog, Brandi, who was her faithful companion and was reported to have howled like a grieving human at the time of her death in a nearby hospital.
    No services per her request. A memorial potluck is being planned at Marina View.
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