Frances Ellen Brower

March 14, 1944November 11, 2013
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Mrs. Fran Brower, born in Rowlesburg, West Virginia March 14, 1944, a traveler of the world, departed November 11th 2013 on her finest trip of all to be with the Lord. She was a graduate of the University of Florida in 1966 with a B.S. degree in Physical Therapy. She was an avid Gator fan, and particularly loved to watch their football and basketball teams. While in college, she joined Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, and continued to be proud of her lifelong membership. After graduation, she worked as a RPT in Palm Beach, Hollywood, and Fort Lauderdale, and later for the Palm Beach Visiting Nurses. She also loved to sew on her Bernina, and created a line of children's clothes which were sold in boutiques in Palm Beach and St. Petersburg. She was known to be able to create just about anything sitting at her sewing machine, from baby gifts for family and friends to fabulous dresses and Halloween costumes; from boat and car seat covers to monogrammed shirts and jackets. Her greatest accomplishments were as a beloved wife, mother, sister and daughter. She leaves behind her husband of 47 years, Ron, daughter Heather, a teacher at Deerlake Middle School in Tallahassee, and son Matt (Katie), who works in Medical sales in Birmingham, AL. She was predeceased by her parents, Dr. Frank and Mrs. Ethel Greenwald of St. Petersburg, FL. Dr. Greenwald was a graduate of Columbia University and did a residency at Johns Hopkins at the University of Maryland. It was there that he met and married Ethel, a nursing graduate of the University of Maryland. She also leaves her sisters Mary Wotring (Phil) of Milton, KY, and Becky Falzone (Bill) of Seminole, FL, as well as nieces Daphne Hamm (Ron) and Brandi Falzone, nephews Bruce Wotring (Judy) and Brooks Falzone, and grand nieces Emma Wotring, Lyla Wotring (who was born on her birthday), and Brooklyn Falzone. She was raised as a member of the Methodist church, and held deep religious convictions. She was absolutely cherished as a kind, compassionate and completely selfless wife and mother. Everyone in her entire family is very close to and dependent on her. She also had a close relationship with many wonderful cousins, friends, and neighbors. She had a great love for dogs, from stray hound dogs she adopted as a child to the seven Westies who have been a part of our family over the years. Willie, Pee Wee, Precious, Jane and Rudy will be waiting for her at the Bridge. Lily, Lucy and Dru will be missing her greatly. Fran and Ron met at Boca Ciega High School in St. Petersburg, dated at St. Petersburg Junior College, and got engaged at the University of Florida. While they married in St. Petersburg, they moved 11 times over the years in connection with his career, taking them from several locations in south Florida to Atlanta and finally Tallahassee. She and Ron visited 48 states and 52 countries in their many travels. They would have set foot on every continent but for a cruise ship that didn't quite make it to Antarctica. She even humored her husband by going along on several motorcycle trips. She visited every country on her list, and made multiple visits to some such as China and Russia. Some countries, like India, she visited just to go with Ron, and that is one of many reasons she is missed so much.

The family will receive friends from 5:30-6:30 pm Thursday November 14, 2013 at Culley’s Meadowwood Funeral Home, Timberlane Chapel, Tallahassee, FL. Funeral services will be held that evening at 6:30 with a Reception immediately following in the MeadowWood Room. Interment services will take place 2:30 pm Saturday November 16, 2013 at Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel in St. Petersburg, FL.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 14, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 14, 2013
  • Reception Thursday, November 14, 2013

Frances Ellen Brower

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Rebecca Falzone

November 12, 2014

Dear Franny,
I will always remember your kindness and love towards all of the dogs that we "saved" during our childhood days in West Virginia. You were so loved and appreciated by all of your friends in West Virginia as well as in high school at Boca Ciega when we moved to Florida. You were a wonderful mother to Matt and Heather. I have been able to meet your granddaughter, Ellie, and I know that she can feel your love. Mary and I miss you so much as you were the best sister and friend that we could ever imagine. May you always know how much you are missed.

Daphne Hamm

November 11, 2014

Still find it hard that my beloved Aunt Franny is gone, even after a year! You are missed by everyone! Such a beautiful person inside and out! I love you!

November 2, 2014

Fran, my Sister and forever friend. Miss you more and more.... Mary

Rebecca Falzone

November 2, 2014

Not a day goes by without my thoughts turning to you. You are so loved and missed. You were always there for me as I was your younger sister. Words can't express the loss that I feel. I've been able to meet your beautiful granddaughter, Ellie. She is so precious. May you always know how much your kind and generous ways were appreciated. Thank you for being you.

Daphne Hamm

November 23, 2013

November 20, 2013

Fran and I were very good friends in high school at Bogie and I will always remember her. I am grieved to hear of her passing. My condolences to Ron and her family. She was a very kind and wonderful person and I was lucky to have had her as a friend.
Susan (Daudigan) Ryan

Ronnie McDonald

November 20, 2013

A friend of mine e-mailed me today and told me about Fran's passing. I am so sorry. Fran and I were in Bernina Club together. She made my granddaughter a romper with her name on it and a pretty little blue dress. I always enjoyed talking to Fran. She loved her family and her doggies.
Ronnie McDonald, Suwanee, Ga

November 19, 2013

Somehow I missed Fran's obituary in the Tallahassee Democrat last week. Saw the picture today in the "Under the Oaks" of Fran and Ron in Russia with the notation that she had lost her battle with lung cancer on Veteran's Day. I was her friend at Bernina Club where she will be missed. She always had such nice children's clothes to show us. But more than that she was such a caring, friendly person to all of us. Meredith Smith, Tallahassee, FL

November 18, 2013

My sincere condolences to the family. Never feel that you are alone, for God hears your cry for help and he will sustain you. (2 corthians 1:4).

November 18, 2013

Ron you were truly blessed as you know to have had a very respected and loved wife. Most important that she knew the Lord and is dwelling with Him now. Only the Lord can comfort us at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It was great to have had the great opportunity to see both of you at the 50th reunion. sincerely Kathryn Armes Dinkins