October 7, 1933 ~ May 21, 2019

Born in: Gilman City, Missouri
Resided in: Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Frances Ann Walker Auda, 85 of Highlands Ranch, Colorado passed away May 21, 2019. Fran was born October 7, 1933 in Gilman City, Missouri to Claudia Florence Jones- Walker and James Clark Walker.

Fran is survived by children: David (Lita) Auda and Jody (Bart) dela Cruz, grandchildren: Zachary dela Cruz, Natalie dela Cruz, and Gregory dela Cruz. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother: Jimmie Walker.

Fran attended the University of Kansas where she graduated in 1956 with her Bachelor of Science in nursing. Fran excelled in her nursing career working in labor and delivery for over 40 years.

Fran was an amazing woman that touched the hearts of many. She was very close to her family and kept in touch with many friends over the years. She cherished the time she got to spend with her family and was quite grateful that she got to retire shortly after her first grandchild was born. She was was proud to be a JayHawk, her grandson Greg now attends KU as well and she loved being able to share her experiences with him.  She was so proud that her granddaughter Natalie is following her footsteps and working towards becoming a nurse. 11 years ago she moved to Colorado to be closer to family. Her oldest grandson Zack often loved chatting with her over sushi lunch.  She loved being involved in their many activities and was eager to hear about all of their accomplishments. She was a talented quilter and crafter, worked with many different sewing groups and loved being able to share her work with others. She was known for her generosity, her love of flowers and gardening, she loved reading the morning paper and feeding the birds and squirrels in her back yard. She will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

In honor of Fran, a Visitation/Reception will be held 5:00pm – 7:00pm Friday, May 31, 2019 at Horan & McConaty Funeral Home (5303 East County Line Rd. Centennial, CO 80122).

In lieu of flowers, honorable contributions may be made to American Sewing Guild (ASG.ORG) KU alumni association (KU alumni.ORG) or an animal charity of your choice.

Please give your condolences to the Auda family.


Memorial Reception: May 31, 2019 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122

Room: Family Chapel

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  1. Today, I learned that your family is mourning the loss of your beloved Frances. Please accept my condolences and be assured that almighty God is certainly aware of your painful feelings. May God comfort and sustain you to get through this day and others to come (Isa 41:13). Wishing your family all the best at this most difficult period.

  2. I will miss you, dear cousin Fran (also known for many years as Frances Ann). You have been a part of my life as long as I can remember. May you rest in peace with your mom, your dad, and your little brother Jimmy and all the other family that went before us.

  3. I sewed with Fran in the Firehouse quilt group. I too am a nurse & enjoyed talking with her. She will be greatly missed.

  4. Oh our dear friend Fran, we’ll miss your sweet smile so much. You were such a bright light & a wonderful asset to our quilt group here in the Ranch, & of course a true friend to us all. Our sincere condolences to Fran’s family.

  5. I’m honored to have known Fran when she was active in the Orange County, CA ASG chapter. I loved her spunk and feistiness, as well as her sunny, can-do attitude about everything. I’ll remember her well.

  6. So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I had worked with her 30 years ago at Westminster Hospital, and she managed to keep in touch over the years with her thoughtful cards. Thoughts are with you.

  7. I’m so sorry to learn of Fran’s passing. I knew her when she lived in California. We belonged to the same neighborhood groups in the American Sewing Guild (ASG). She was so kind to me when I had my rotator cuff surgeries years ago. Ever the consummate nurse, she explained everything to me beforehand, and I loved her for that and many other reasons!
    Rest in Peace, dear Fran. You will be missed.


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