Frances Huppert Nunnally
June 29, 1921 – September 26, 2022
Frances (Franziska) Huppert Nunnally, 101, of Richmond, passed away peacefully at home on September 26, 2022. The daughter of Austrian parents, Irma and Ferdinand Huppert, she was predeceased by her loving husband of 64 years, Aubrey; and her son, Vann. She is survived by her remaining children, dedicated son, David and his wife, Judy, and her loving daughter and caregiver, Heidi, as well as grandchildren Sally, Katie, Alex and Brandon; and great-granddaughter Arya. The family, near and far, will deeply miss Frances.
Frances escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna, Austria, and made her way to England where she worked as an au pair before joining the British Army, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service from 1941-1946. Frances then spent time decoding telephone calls in Germany for the US Army. After 12 long years, her quota number finally came up, and she boarded sailing ship The Batory and arrived in the United States on St. Patrick’s Day in 1950. She married Aubrey after meeting him at a Saturday night dance and lived the American Dream. She was a working mother and spent her career as an editorial assistant at Christian Children’s Fund (now ChildFund), being their very first employee, and longest-working colleague at the time of her retirement.
Frances was a chocoholic and could often be found standing in front of the freezer, spoon in hand, digging into a small container of ice cream, or praising the chocolate-dipped chocolate chip cookies she so loved. She continued her daily routines up until the end, folding laundry and drying dishes with her daughter in the kitchen, but her real passion was reading the newspaper, writing letters to the editor, and sharing news via pen and paper with friends and loved ones.
The family wishes to thank Legacy Hospice for their wonderful care and support, as well as faithful caregivers Hazel Hobson, Millicent Scott, and Martha Hinnant.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta (Attn: Kellee Rosenberg, Holocaust Survivor Services), 4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30338, or to the Kindertransport Association (kindertransport.org).
Visitation will be held 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, with a live-streamed funeral service to follow at 6:00 p.m. at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. A private family interment will take place at Emek Sholom Holocaust Remembrance Cemetery.
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Condolences to you and family. Mrs Nunnally is gone but not forgotten. Sleep in piece.
Thinking of you and your family. Sending healing prayers.
Thinking of you all <3 so sorry for your loss and love you so much! xx
Heidi and family, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family during this sad time. I worked with Francis and was very fond of her. She and colleague Joan taught me so much. I will cherish her memory and will never forget her story. God bless you all and be strong.
It goes without saying that Francis is my hero and I’m sure the hero of many other women. Her bravery and strength inspired so many. Hoping she’s up there in Heaven having some good chocolate and keeping Aubrey and Van in line. She was one of a kind and may she rest well. Love to her family
Frances Nunnally was the tiniest giant I’ve ever known. She was a wonderful friend who gave me many life lessons. I loved her in life and I will love her in death, as her spirit will never die. Heidi will carry her joy of life forward, just like her dear mother, to everyone she meets.
Brilliant writer, best Mother-in-law ever, resilient, and inspiring. Raised amazing kids in Heidi, Van, and David. Left wonderful impressions on Grandkids.
`I’m so terribly sorry Heidi – your Mom sounds like an incredible person, and my heart goes out to you. I know how close you were, and hope I get to hear more about her when we next speak.