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Frances L. Condie


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Frances L. Condie Obituary
Frances L. Condie passed away in her sleep early in the morning of May 8th. She had been a resident of Durango for 7 years after moving here from Seattle to be closer to family. She was 98.

Fran was born April 16, 1919 in Regina Saskatchewan, Canada to Graham and Ethel Condie. The family moved to Seattle when she was three. She graduated in 1936 from Franklin High School, and in 1940 received a degree in bacteriology from the University of Washington. During the war she worked as a microbiologist for the U.S. Army's Fort Madigan Hospital, Fort Lewis Washington. Later she moved to the Presidio Hospital in Carmel, CA. In 1947 she went to Boston to do research at Boston University.

In 1948, she returned to Seattle to work at Veterans Administration Medical Center where she worked for thirty years. During that period, in 1952, she graduated with an MS in Microbiology from the University of Washington. During her time with the VA she received many commendations for her work in bacteriology and infectious disease control. She worked closely with for the Centers for Disease Control on several projects. Her clinical research was published in the American Medical Association Archives of Pathology the New England Journal of Medicine.

Fran moved to Durango in 2010 to be near her nephew Dr. John Condie and niece-in-law Wanda Ellingson. She resided at Sunshine Gardens. Fran enjoyed the symphony, opera, bridge, golf and her dear cats. She was also known for her flair with clothes.

She is survived by five nieces and nephews, John Condie, William Condie, Steven Condie, Kristin Tolooee, and Tom Condie, and their spouses, children, and grandchildren.

Cremation has occurred and no memorial is planned. Her ashes will be scattered in Puget Sound, Seattle where the family will gather to celebrate her life.

Donations in her memory can be made to San Juan Symphony and Music in the Mountains.

The family would like to thank the staff at Sunshine Gardens, Mary Cardin and Janalee Eberly at Shining Star and all those in the community who welcomed her so graciously.
Published in The Durango Herald on May 18, 2017
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