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Virginia Griffith Frank1955-2013
August 8, 2013 -
PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID FRANK
Virginia Griffith Frank baking a
birthday cake for her daughter, Rachel.
Virginia Griffith Frank left us on July 22 with a beautiful full moon and a sky that embodied her amazing art work. She was born to Edwin (Ned) Lord Griffith and Esther Bullard Griffith on May 23, 1955 in Ross, CA, the baby sister to Ned, Annie and Constance.
She attended Sara Dix Hamlin [High] School in San Francisco; a School Year Abroad in France through Andover/Exeter; and completed her senior year at Branson School in Ross. She studied at Mt. Holyoke, MA, and graduated from UC Berkeley with a Fine Arts degree in Dance. She spent the next 15 years in New York City taking dance classes, performing and living the life of an artist. She met her husband, musician David Frank, in 1980 and married in 1983, when she returned to school at Hunter College to study Physical Therapy and Alexander Technique.
Their magical home on Central Park West overlooking the pond at 101st Street was often filled with friends and musical luminaries.
David and Virginia's children, Griffith and Rachael, were born before the family moved to Los Angeles in 1992 when David was working on a project with Virginia's modern dance idol, Twyla Tharp. They resided in beautiful Topanga Canyon as it reminded Virginia of her favorite place, Marin County. Their home was filled with Virginia's artwork and music. Virginia was loved by her friends in Topanga and Malibu where her children graduated from high school and attended UCLA and UC Berkeley to major in music. She worked as a physical therapist in Malibu and Santa Monica. Her patients loved her gentle healing touch and calming spirit.
Virginia is survived by her husband, David; her children, Griff and Rachael; her sisters Annie Burgess and Constance Griffith; numerous sisters and brothers-in-law; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews. She was an absolute favorite of her extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Ned. We will always remember Virginia for her endless love of friends and family, her healing hands and that wonderful free spirit that came through in her dance and art. She will always live in our hearts and we will cherish the time we had with her: Beloved Wife, Mother, Sister and best friend.
A memorial service will be held for Virginia Sunday Aug. 11, from noon to 2 p.m. at Temple Kehillat Israel, 16019 Sunset Blvd. Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272, (310) 459-2328.
The family will be sitting Shiva Aug. 10, from 1-5 p.m. and Aug. 11, from 3-5 p.m. at home, 19860 Horseshoe Dr., Topanga, Ca. 90290. A Celebration of Life is being planned in Northern California for September.