Frances Beedy King
Jan. 21, 1916-Aug. 18, 2017
Portola Valley, California
A native of San Francisco, Frances Beedy King passed away at the Sequoias in Portola Valley at age 101.
She was born at Mt. Zion Hospital to Mabel (Hosmer) and Louis Samuel Beedy, an attorney in the city. She grew up with older sisters Mary Elizabeth and Katharine and attended Katherine Delmar Burke's School.
At Stanford University, she would meet her future husband, John (Jack) Bennett King, who would complete law school in 1937, the same year she would graduate with a degree in psychology. They got married at Grace Cathedral in 1939, and had three sons in quick succession before adding a daughter in 1955.
Jack and Frances moved to “the country” in 1950, building a house in Atherton where their boys used the lawn to good athletic advantage. When the children were grown, Frances started a new career in local real estate for many years. Jack passed away in 1985, and she moved into the Sequoias where she would live for 25 years, enjoying many friendships and travel.
Known as Beedy, she is remembered by family for making life-long friendships with so many people, keeping all her childhood friends and staying up late to write something personal on 400 Christmas cards. She was a very social person and gave generously of her time and spirit.
Frances is survived by sons, John (Nancy) of Walkerton, IN; Jim of Palo Alto; Kevin of Palo Alto; and Katharine of Marina del Rey; seven grandchildren, Victoria Danby (Craig), Matt King (Jackie), Stephanie King, Marcus King (Katie), Michael King, Alexander Miskei and Rachel Miskei; and four great-grandchildren.