Frances Holland Andrews, a Mississippi native and longtime resident of Carlsbad, Calif., died Oct. 16 at St. Johns Retirement Village in Woodland, Calif., of complications from a stroke. A memorial service will be held Oct. 23 at the home of Sheila and Duke Kebow in Carlsbad.
Born Frances Louise Holland on Oct.17, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Hoyt Thomas and Elizabeth Holloman Holland of Jackson, Miss. After graduating from Central High School in Jackson, she attended Millsaps College and later transferred to Louisiana State University, where she received her bachelors degree in mathematics. She was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.
As a military wife, she accompanied her then-husband, Lt. Col. Louis P. Andrews (ret.), on tours of duty in Scotland, Washington, D.C., and Camp Pendleton, Calif. She attended San Diego State University, earning her masters degree in business administration. For many years she was Director of Finance at GA Technologies in San Diego. In that capacity, she was a member of the team instrumental in securing the contract to execute the RQ-1 Predator UAV program for the U.S. Air Forces weaponry arsenal. She retired in 1999. Upon her retirement from GA and for about two years following, Ms. Andrews volunteered her time and expertise as financial consultant for the San Diego chapter of the Girl Scouts of America.
Ms. Andrews was an avid outdoorswoman. She traveled extensively throughout the Western United States, including Alaska and Colorado, and around the world, including the Galapagos Islands and Africa, where she journeyed on three safaris. She loved the wilderness and especially wildlife. Perhaps her greatest passion was Californias beautiful coastline, and she spent many hours at the beaches in Southern California.
She is survived by her daughters, Dr. Josephine T. Andrews (husband, Dr. Robert P. Merges) of Davis, Calif., and Floy E. Andrews, Esq. (husband, Fredrick N. Page) of Newport Beach, Calif.; son, L. Cullen Andrews (wife, Mary) of Carlsbad, Calif.; grandchildren, Andrew and Catherine Page of Newport Beach, Calif., Robert and James Merges of Davis, Calif., and Kendall Andrews of Carlsbad, Calif.; brother, Hoyt Thomas Holland Jr. of Jackson, Miss.; sister, Josephine Holland Odom of Jackson, Miss.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two older sisters, Mary Holland Boadwee of Jackson, Miss., and Hampton Holland Magruder of Greenwood, S.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Surfrider Foundation, www.surfrider.org, The National Wildlife Foundation, www.nwf.org, or the charity of your choice.