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Frances Marie Martin Clark Miller ’72 passed away at home in Saratoga, Calif., surrounded by her loving children on August 11, 2009. A native of Santa Clara, she was the daughter of the late Francis ("Fanny") G. Martin & Mary Dolores Vasconcellos and loving older sister to Rodney W. Martin (Ann Leslie) of Santa Clara. Born March 11, 1929, she attended St. Clare’s School (Santa Clara), Notre Dame High School (Belmont), and Santa Clara University (BA Art ’72). She and her husband Don established Fantasy Fare in 1985 as a theme/event-planning venture. By way of her fearless imagination and skill, they also appeared as costumed characters, most notably as the elegant and velvet-robed Mother & Father Christmas. Fran taught violin for over 40 years and was a fixture in local chamber music circles. An international traveler and tireless collector of all things historic, she enriched the lives of everyone she met. Her sparkling humor and ready smile instantly transformed strangers into life-long friends. Loving wife of Douglas J. Clark (1920-1968), respected cellist & teacher, she was mother of Bryn Clark Boepple (Hans), Douglas J. Clark, Jr. (deceased), Meredith Clark Anderson (Bruce), Jillian Clark Buzzard (James), and Christopher Clark (Vicky). Widowed in May 2009, she was the loving wife of Donald Britton Miller (1923-2009) and devoted stepmother to Christopher D. Miller (Pamela Allen) and James A. Miller (Megan). Proud grandmother of Christine, Morgan and Saer Boepple, Dante Clark, Joe Miller, Austin and Anika Miller. Remarkable aunt of Paul Martin (Trish), Clare Martin Vickers, John Martin (Lisa), Christopher Martin (Danielle), and Jim Martin (Christi). Christine C. Clark, Abigail Clark Ford (Taylor), Jennifer R. Clark, John and Oren Clark.