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Frances Ellen Williamson Ederra

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February 22, 1937 — May 02, 2014
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Frances Ellen Williamson Ederra, 77, of Bakersfield passed away May, 2, 2014, in Bakersfield, CA, at San Joaquin Community Hospital, surrounded by family and friends.

Frances was born in St. John, KS, to Ivan and Daisy Williamson on February 22, 1937. She attended Greensburg High School and graduated in 1955. She went on to join the Women's Army Corps and was honorably discharged in 1959 with a rank of Sp4 - E4 (T). Frances was a devoted wife and mother and also volunteered at the Easter Seals Society and San Joaquin Community Hospital for many years.

In 1969 she was involved in a tragic bus accident while chaperoning a troop of Girl Scouts on an outing. The accident left her a paraplegic, but for those of us who knew Fran, it didn't slow her down!  

Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Ivan and Daisy; daughter, Denise Rene Ederra; brother, Jack Williamson; and sisters, Mary Williamson and Pat Broker. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Edward Ederra; brother, Jerry (Janice) Williamson of Macksville, KS; daughters, Annette (Michael) Ansolabehere, Deborah (Robert) Hankins; four grandchildren, Keith and Kurt Hankins, and Gregory and Jillian Ansolabehere; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 12, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 7100 Stockdale Hwy., with Monsignor Perry Kavookjian to officiate. Private burial services with military honors will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Condolences may be left in Frances's online guestbook at <a href=""></a>.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Aziz, Dr. Sarkies, and Dr. Ruben and the excellent nursing and respiratory staff at San Joaquin Community Hospital; especially Simone, Kara, April, and MJ for their compassionate support in her final days.

Greenlawn Funeral Home