Frances Holcombe Pitcher Crosby
Frances Pitcher Crosby, 79, of Greenwood Village died at home, amid family, after a brief illness. Frannie was born and raised in Baton Rouge, La., one of four children of Charlie Holcombe and Sargent Pitcher, Jr. She enjoyed tennis, dancing, and hunting but her favorite memories were of the summers she spent crabbing, boating and water skiing with her family and many friends in Destin, Fla.
After graduating from Baton Rouge High School at 16, Frannie attended Smith College in Northampton, Mass. and Tulane University in New Orleans. In 1958, she married George Christian Crosby, Jr. The couple briefly lived in Charlottesville, Va.; Seattle, Wash. and Minneapolis, Minn. but in 1965 moved to Colorado and raised four daughters in Cherry Hills Village.
After raising her children, Frannie decided to join in the family tradition of her grandfather, both her parents, her sister, and her two brothers-in-law and become a lawyer. In 1976, she attended University of Denver School of Law where she graduated first in her class and was editor of Law Review.
Frannie will be remembered for her love of the law, quick wit, competitive nature, enjoyment of horse racing and great love of books. She spent many Saturdays with her father at the race track until his passing in 1991. She played bridge competitively and enjoyed the title of Life Master. Frannie was an independent capable woman with strong convictions. Her friends describe her as a witty, fun-loving rebel who always let you know what she thought.
She is survived by her four daughters, Mancy Jolliffe (Will), Marnie Barclay, Libby Harvey (Ned), Blair Mellon (Dennis); her 10 grandchildren, Kate Jolliffe Haaf (Landon), Morgan Jolliffe, Jack Jolliffe, Alex Barclay, Brendan Barclay, Jessica Barclay, Jackson Harvey, Spencer Harvey, Christian Mellon and Seth Mellon all of Greenwood Village and her three siblings, Olive French (David), Jack Pitcher and Rachel Morgan (John).
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