Frances A. (Sibley) Svendsen, 106

BRUNSWICK — Frances A. (Sibley) Svendsen died on Jan. 28, 2014, at the age of 106.

“Franny” was born in Boston, Mass., on Nov. 29, 1907, to Edward and Bertha Sibley. After high school in Kenmore, N.Y., Franny attended the Vesper George School of Art in Boston for two years and then went to work for Rust Craft Greeting Card Company, where she designed cards. Franny worked there for 20 years.

After retiring, she and her husband, Arthur E. Svendsen Sr. moved to South Freeport, where she continued her art work in the form of quilting, knitting, crocheting and sewing. When it was time for Franny to move to the Highlands, she was delighted that her granddaughter Susan Tyson and her husband David of Charlotte, N.C., would be able to buy her house and would visit with Franny frequently.

She was active up until the end, even learning to use an iPad to Skype, send e-mails and go on the Internet at age 105. She was curious, creative, friendly, had a love of learning and of life, and how terribly she will be missed by her family and friends.

Franny was predeceased in death by her husband; and stepdaughter, Janet Ingram.

She is survived by her daughters, Diane Reed of Norwell, Mass. and Isabelle M. Toliver of Kerrville, Texas; a stepson, Arthur E. Svendsen Jr. of Spring Hill, Fla.; and a sister, Mary Josephine Cressy of Fryeburg. Franny also left many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

A remembrance celebration for friends and relatives will be held at a later time.

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