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Mary Frances Herndon

November 19, 1951 - October 8, 2017

Mary Frances Anthes Herndon, age 65, passed away peacefully at her home in Virginia Beach, Virginia on Sunday, October 8, 2017 after a year-long battle with ovarian cancer.

From her birth in Elizabeth City, NJ on November 19, 1951 to her death, Fran nurtured those around her with her loving nature, generous spirit, and boundless sense of fun. A career nurse, consummate Marine Corps daughter and wife, and longtime volunteer for The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Fran’s kindness and dedication to others touched everyone she met.

She is survived by her sister and two brothers, her two beloved daughters and their husbands, four adored grandchildren, and dozens of dear friends. In accordance with her wishes, no services will be held.

The family is grateful to Medi Home Health for providing compassionate home care to Fran in her final days, and asks that those wishing to honor Fran’s memory do so by donating time to their local hospice organization. In lieu of flowers, monetary contributions may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Refund Alliance at Online condolences maybe offered to the family at

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