November 29, 2005
Frances Sophia Waggener died Oct. 10, 2005, at South Lake Tahoe. She was 86.
Francis was born Dec. 28, 1919, in Sherwood, N.D., to Judd and Mary Peterman, the fifth of six girls. After graduating from high school, she made her way to Nevada, where she studied cosmetology. She married Gerald Waggener on Sept. 2, 1940. Her husband’s job as an officer with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Department took them to Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was employed as a manicurist at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. The two were fortunate to survive the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1942, Gerald was transferred to Sacramento, Calif., where he served in the U.S. Navy. Frances spent time with his family in Southern California and attended floral design school. Frances later moved to Davis, Calif., with her daughter, Gale, and Gerald joined them as soon as his Navy service was complete.
Frances was very active in the city of Davis, owning several businesses on Second Street including The Davis Beauty Shop and the House of Beauty, which later expanded to include a flower shop. Both she and her husband owned the restaurant, The Campus Cave, which is now Froggy’s. Her many interests included art and design, and she designed and patented a hair clip. She spent several months in Japan working with a manufacturer on this invention. She also was interested in real estate. She obtained her license and became a real estate broker in Davis. Francis retired with her husband to Rockaway Beach, Ore., in 1982. In 1990 they made their final home at South Lake Tahoe. She will be remembered as a woman of many talents. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all.
She is survived by her daughter, Gale Waggener of Davis; grandsons, David Mustard of Dixon, Calif., and Michael Mustard of Davis; David’s wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Kaylee; sister, Hazel Chapman of Portland, Ore.; as well a numerous nieces, nephews, family members and special friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald in 1997; and her sisters, Idella Bickford, Marguerite Martin, Gwendolyn Black and Dorothy Hansen.
Following her wishes, a private service will be held for family. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038-1131.