Williams, Frances Genter, 88, of Minneapolis passed away peacefully at home early on Saturday, December 17th, 2011. “Frannie” was born October 4, 1923 in Minneapolis. She was predeceased by husband, Lawrence D. Williams; son-in-law, Robert S. Greig; granddaughter, Allison M. Greig; parents, Harold C. and Frances A. Genter; sister, Jean G. Smith and brother-in-law, Bentley L. Smith. She is survived by brother, Harold Genter Jr. of Langhorne, PA; her eight children, Jeannie Williams (Marc) of Eden Prairie, Francie Williams of St. Louis Park, Lawrence Williams Jr. (Nancy) of Eau Claire, WI, Harold Williams (Meg) of Red Lodge, MT, Katherine Anderson (Colin) of Carbondale, CO, Molly Williams-Pike (John) of Seattle, WA, Amy Johnson (Kris) of Des Moines, IA, and Mary Krieter (Dan) of Edina; eleven grandchildren, Michael, Ryan, Lindsay, David, Keaton, Katie, Amy, Brian, Mackenzie, Jennifer, and Andrew; niece, Susan Jean Smith; nephew, Bentley Smith Jr.; and by her dearly loved and loving companion, Don Hustad. In her youth, Frannie attended a small school for girls in Miami, FL and National Music Camp in Interlochen, MI with whose orchestra she performed at the World’s Fair in New York City in 1939, and was a graduate of Washburn High School, Minneapolis, in 1941. She met many of her life-long friends as a Theta at the University of Minnesota. Early in her married life, Frannie was an administrative assistant for Martin Williams Advertising, a Minneapolis based agency that husband Larry co-founded in 1947. While raising eight children, she still found time to stay fit playing tennis (into her 80’s); enjoy her friends and neighbors by hosting countless dinner parties at her Edina home and Clearwater Lake cabin, frequenting Interlachen Country Club and participating in Suburban Gyro Club of Minneapolis functions; and to enthusiastically follow her parents’ endeavors in the horse racing industry. A race horse owner herself from 1995 to 2010, she bred and raced RUN WITH JOY to 2007 Horse of the Meet honors at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, winning a race named after her mother, The Frances A. Genter Stakes, along the way. Frannie’s love of music, her impeccable sense of style and fashion, the way she danced with husband Larry, how she loved to celebrate holidays…these things will never be forgotten, but the first thing that will be remembered by all is her humble grace and heartfelt smile. Funeral Service Thursday, December 29th, 2011 2PM at the Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Avenue. There will be a Celebration of Life at 4PM, location to be announced. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Bob Greig and Frannie Williams Donor Advised Fund with The Minneapolis Foundation (donations will be directed toward children's causes).
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