Frances Giffin, 97, of Kansas City, passed away January 2, 2018, at her daughter’s home surrounded by family. She was born on April 29, 1920 to Alvin and Anna Brandt and grew up in Cole Camp and Raytown, Missouri with her 5 siblings. Frances was involved in intramural sports and took the team to state for basketball in 1938. She made honor roll throughout high school while maintaining a part time job to help her parents out. Frances graduated from St. Margaret’s School of Nursing-RN in 1941 where she was president of her class all 3 years. Her first job was at Menorah Hospital where she worked in labor and delivery and the newborn nursery for 12 years. She was a surgical RN for Dr. Samuel A. Montgomery M.D. for 9 years and then found a career job at the pediatric office of Dr. William H. McEachen for more than 30 years as his charge nurse. Dr. McEachen retired his practice in 1995 to work for KU Children’s Center and at 75 years old, Frances worked at one of their satellite offices until she retired at 80 years of age. Frances was a member of the Girl Scouts for more than 70 years and volunteered as the camp RN at their camp for 1 week a summer for 17 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Anna Brandt; brother, Chet Brandt; sister, Mary Darr (Shontz and Brandt); husband, Luman Giffin; and dear friend, Ben Van Del. She is survived by her daughter, Laura Wehner (Zane) and their 5 kids: Amy (A.J.) Marti, Alyssa (Jeff) Potter, Matt (Vida) Wehner, Brad (Kristin) Wehner, and Brian (Erin) Wehner. Son, Mark (Harriet) Giffin and grandson Tyler Giffin of California. 8 great grandkids: Eileen, Morgan, Katelynn, Sam, Katie, Brin, Karter, and Emmitt. Twin brother Frank (Wanda) Brandt; brother, Fr. Charles Brandt; and sister, Ella (Carroll) McCue; and many other friends and family.
We’d like to thank her 2 caregivers, Carla and Bridget, who provided her excellent care with love and understanding!
A memorial service for Frances will be at 12:30 PM on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. A visitation will be from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Girl Scouts Of America.