Frances Manire Gianotti

Born: Thu., Jul. 15, 1920
Died: Fri., Feb. 19, 2010

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Frances Manire Gianotti died on February 19, 2010 at Suttle Care and Retirement in Pendleton, Oregon of natural causes. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 4:30 PM, at Canale Funeral Home in Memphis, Tennessee. Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted on Monday, March 1, 2010 at 2:00 PM at St. Peter's Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Contributions in memory of Frances Gianotti may be made to: Church Health Center, PO Box 41527, Memphis, TN 38174, St. Andrew's Mission, 48022 St. Andrew's Road, Pendleton, OR 97801, or a charity of the donor's choice. Send condolences to the family or sign the register at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of local arrangements. She was born Frances Ellen Manire on July 15, 1920 in Memphis, Tennessee to Clarence Herbert Manire and Elizabeth Ellyn McDonnell. She graduated from Central High School in Memphis where she lived most of her life. Frances attended Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY and Southwestern in Memphis, Tennessee. In the spring of 1943, after a whirlwind romance, she married James Jim Rideout Winchester, a soldier just back from the war. They bought a small farm in Mississippi, and had three children in the next five years. In 1952, a heart attack forced Jim to give up farming, and they moved back to Memphis, where he joined the family law firm. Another heart attack killed him in 1963. In 1967 Frances married Francis Frank B. Gianotti, also a lawyer, and a widower with two sons. In 1982 the couple moved to Pendleton, Oregon. Frank died in January, 1988, Frances returned to Memphis, and she lived there until 2006, when her health began to fail, and she moved back to Pendleton to be near her daughter. She learned to write Braille when she was a member of the Junior League. She was president of Les Passées and the Madonna Circle. Volunteering was a way of life for her and lead to one of her many jobs - that of Director of Volunteer Service Bureau of Memphis. She worked for the Juvenile Detention Service and wanted so much to help all the children she came into contact with. She had an uncanny touch with small children. She was an accomplished knitter, and could knit without looking at her needles. Nat King Cole and Eddy Arnold were her favorite singers. She loved parties and dancing. She loved good books and a great conversation or discussion. She was a sports fan, especially baseball. Seeing Joe DiMaggio was a highlight for her. She didn't like cats, and she hated the cold. Frances was loved for her kindness, her elegance, her intelligence, her beauty, and her honesty. She lived her life with great compassion and determination. She went to Mass every Sunday. She was a believer, and it showed. She wanted so much to learn French – it was not to be. She was wise and funny, she was never, ever boring. Au revoir, Frances. Frances is survived by: sons James Jesse and Cindy Winchester, Cassius Winchester and his long-time partner Janet Miller; daughter Ellyn and Tom Weeks; step-sons Frank and Anne Gianotti and David Bruce and Margaret Gianotti. She leaves behind 16 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Elizabeth Manire; her brother James M. Manire, and her husbands Jim Winchester and Frank Gianotti.

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Terry Murry
   Posted Wed February 24, 2010
My thoughts and condolences are with the entire Winchester/Gianotti clans.

Richard and JoAnn Bertram
   Posted Thu February 25, 2010
Dear Bruce and Margaret, Our thoughts are with you. Remembering all the good times with our parents makes handling their passing a bit easier. JoAnn and Richard Bertram

Saundra Suttle
   Posted Thu February 25, 2010
We truly enjoyed your mother and will miss her precious smile and our daily hugs. It truly was our privilege to know and care for Frances. Our deepest condolences to all her kids, Ellyn, Bruce, Jesse and all the family. Love Tracy & Saundra Suttle

Brick&Gail Woodward
   Posted Sat February 27, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Brick & Gail Woodward

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