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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