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Francis Lambert Russell1,2

Female
b. 4 November 1906, d. 10 August 2003


Father Edgar Russell1 b. circa 1882
Mother Benola Van Meter1 b. January 1882, d. 1917
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Family 1 Shearn Moody Sr. b. 2 November 1895, d. 28 February 1936
Marriage* circa 26 August 1931  San Diego, San Diego Co., CA, Principal=Shearn Moody Sr.4 
Children  1. Infant Moody b. a 1931
  2. Shearn Moody Jr. b. 23 May 1933, d. 25 Jun 1996
  3. Robert Lewis "Lee" Moody Sr. b. 28 Jul 1935

Family 2 Augustus James "Gus" Newman d. 1977
Marriage* 1953  Principal=Augustus James "Gus" Newman2 

Birth* 4 November 1906  Parsons, Labette Co., KS1,2 
Census* 1910  1910 Federal Census, Kansas, Labette County, Parsons, Ward 4, ED: 150, Series: T624, Roll: 443, Page: 198B, April 23
Sheet 13B, 2130 Washington
(enumerated with father, Edgar A Russell)
57, , , Russell, Francis, Daughter, F, W, 3, S, , , , Kansas, Illinois, Kansas, , , Yes, None, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,1 
Census 1920  1920 Federal Census, Kansas, Labette County, Parsons, Ward 2, ED: 152, Series: T625, Roll: 536, Page: 158B, January 12
Sheet 10B, 1624 Broadway Avenue
(enumerated with uncle, Charles S Lambert)
79, 236, 278, Russell, Francis L, Niece, , , F, W, 13, M, , , , Yes, Yes, Kansas, , Indiana, , Kansas, , Yes, None, , ,3 
Married Name circa 26 August 1931  Moody4 
Marriage* circa 26 August 1931  San Diego, San Diego Co., CA, Principal=Shearn Moody Sr.4 
Married Name 1953  Newman2 
Marriage* 1953  Principal=Augustus James "Gus" Newman2 
News/Obit* 27 August 1981  Looking Back
50 years ago

A wedding of statewide interest was quietly solemnized Wednesday at high noon in San Diego, uniting in marriage Miss Frances Russell and Shearn Moody, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Lewis Moody Jr. The ceremony was performed in the chapel of the First Methodist Church in San Diego where Miss Russell was visiting her brother Lt. Benjamin Van Meter Russell, U.S. Navy, who is stationed on the Pacific coast

Published in the Galveston Daily News, August 27, 1981, Page 144 
Death* 10 August 2003  Palm Beach, Palm Beach Co., FL2 
News/Obit after 10 August 2003  Frances Lambert Russell Moody Newman

HOUSTON - Frances Lambert Russell Moody Newman, 96, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003.

She was born Nov. 4, 1906, to Edward and Beatrice (Van Meter) Russell in Parsons. She received her education from public and parochial schools in Kansas, Ward Bellmont in Nashville, Tenn., Hockaday School for Girls and Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

She was chairman of the board of the Moody Foundation and an international philanthropist. She was a World War II uniformed women's auxiliary worker and was the leader of two major charitable foundations.

She married Shearn Moody Sr. on Aug. 26, 1931. He preceded her in death in 1936.

She married British industrialist Augustus James Newman in 1953. They maintained homes in England, Monte Carlo, New York and Palm Beach, Fla., where she was involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors, including St. Mary's Hospital. He preceded her in death in 1977.

Survivors include one son, Robert Lewis Lee Moody; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, U.S.N. Adm. Benjamin Russell; an infant son; and her oldest son, Shearn Moody Jr.

The service was today at Malloy and Son Funeral Home in Galveston, Texas, with the Rev. Ronald Pogue, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church officiating. Burial was in the Moody Family Mausoleum at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock.

Memorials may be sent to Moody Gardens Inc., 1 Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas, 77554, or to the charity of the donor's choice5 
News/Obit 12 August 2003  Frances M. Newman, managed Moody trust

Frances Moody Newman, a member of one of Galveston's wealthiest families who helped manage the family fortune, died Sunday in Palm Beach, Fla. She was 96. For decades, according to a statement from the family, Newman stood "at the right hand of the Moody family's key business patriarchs."She was a former board chairman of the Moody Foundation, a charitable trust founded in 1942 by her father-in-law, W.L. Moody Jr., an internationally known philanthropist and businessman. The foundation had interests in cotton, banks, insurance companies, hotels, newspapers, ranches and farms. Newman and her sons, the late Shearn Moody Jr. and Robert Lewis Lee "Bobby" Moody, were the driving forces in the creation of Moody Gardens in Galveston, according to a member of the family, Doug McLeod of Galveston. The gardens feature a rain forest, aquariums and other attractions. Frances Lambert Russell Moody Newman, the daughter of a Parsons, Kan., physician, was born in 1906. In 1931, she married Shearn Moody Sr., who died of pneumonia five years later. He was one of four children of W.L. Moody Jr. The others, all deceased, were Mary Moody Northen and Libbie Moody Thompson, both of Galveston, and W.L. Moody III of San Antonio. Newman attended Ward Belmont College in Nashville, Tenn., the Hockaday School in Dallas and Southern Methodist University. In 1953, she married Augustus James Newman, a British industrialist. The Newmans maintained homes in England, Monte Carlo, New York and Palm Beach, Fla. Gus Newman died in 1977. Newman is survived by her son, Robert Lewis Lee Moody of Galveston, an insurance and financial executive, and his wife, Ann McLeod Moody. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway in Galveston. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.

Published in the Houston Chronicle (TX) - August 12, 2003 page 19
2 
News/Obit 13 August 2003  Frances Lambert Russell Moody Newman
November 4, 1906 - August 10, 2003

Present and future generations of Texans lost a great friend Sunday morning upon the death of former Chairman of the Board of the Moody Foundation and international philanthropist Frances Moody Newman.

Frances was highly respected and renowned for many reasons, as an inspiration to her boys, as a young widow who survived and gained worldwide prominence, as a World War II uniformed women's auxiliary worker, as the leader of two major charitable foundations, and, for decades, as the right hand of the Moody Family's key business patriarchs; but, more important, she was loved and admired by persons she knew in all stations of life, chiefly because she treated everyone the same. She had exquisite manners, dressed properly for every occasion, and was gracious in all interactions, especially with people not as prosperous as others. Long-time Moody executives and lawyers have many good-humored stories about the late Mrs. Newman, but one of their favorites is about her insistence that company cars were American manufactured, practical, and not flashy. Frances Newman never forgot her late father-in-law's advice (W.L. Moody, Jr.) during the depression of the 1930's and a time of poverty and hunger in the United States that Moody Family members should never flaunt their good fortune.

At the same time, she introduced the more conservative, traditional Moody's to a wider circle of friends - thereby offering her sons Shearn and Bobby a more enriched life. Often gathering at intimate receptions hosted by Frances Moody Newman were General Douglas and Jean MacArthur, Bob and Mildred Considine, The Reverend Billy and Ruth Graham, Walter and Betsy Cronkite, and actress Elizabeth Taylor and her parents. Close friends and family members unanimously agree that no matter what the task was, Frances would make a success of it. "What she did, she did well," stated several lifetime associates.

Frances Lambert Russell was born in Parsons, Kansas in 1906. Her father was a medical doctor and her mother, a civic leader, in a Midwestern railroad and agriculture town ideal for a Norman Rockwell illustration. Parsons was and is today a city small enough to have a strong sense of community yet big enough to support arts centers, museum, arboretums, park systems, and excellent schools including Labette College. It was this environment that helped spawn the sophistication and dignity within the young Frances, who would later feel at home in the highest circles of society anywhere she journeyed.

Her formal education included public and parochial schools in Kansas, Ward Bellmont in Nashville, Tennessee, Hockaday School for Girls, and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She met Shearn Moody, Sr. in 1930, and the beautiful, young Frances swept the theretofore business-focused 35 year old bachelor off his feet; and on August 26, 1931, they were married.

Shearn Moody, Sr. the youngest son of Galveston-based American National Insurance Company's founder, W.L. Moody, Jr., died of pneumonia just five years later in 1936, leaving Frances a widow with two toddlers, Shearn Jr. and Robert Lee. The couple had also lost a son in childbirth. In 1953, Frances Moody married British industrialist Augustus James Newman and thereafter maintained homes in England, Monte Carlo, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida where she was involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors such as her favorite, St. Mary's Hospital. Mr. Newman died in 1977, after 24 years of their marriage.

Frances Moody Newman was preceded in death by her parents; a brother U.S.N. Admiral Benjamin Russell; an infant son; and her oldest son Shearn Moody, Jr.

She leaves behind a large and extended family of people who loved and adored her including her youngest son, insurance and banking magnate Robert Lewis Lee Moody and his wife Ann McLeod Moody; grandsons Robert L. Moody, Jr. and wife Ingrid, Russell Shearn Moody and wife Kristi, Ross Rankin Moody and granddaughter and namesake Frances Anne Moody Dahlberg and husband Kevin as well as by marriage, E. Vince Matthews, III and wife Cindi, Lea McLeod Matthews, Allan Watkins Matthews and wife Lori, and Dorothea Powell "Dotsy" Matthews Balentine and husband Jay. She is also survived by her beloved great grandchildren Frances Ingrid Moody, Robert L. Moody III, Elizabeth Lee "Elle" Moody and Jackson Davis "Jack" Moody; and, by marriage, William Charles McLeod "Will" Matthews, Katherine Leanne "Kit" Matthews, Lauren Anne Balentine, Tiffany Nicole Bastow, Kimberly McLeod Matthews, and Marissa Ann Matthews.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, August 14, 2003, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home at 3028 Broadway, Galveston, Texas with the Rev. Ronald Pogue, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church officiating. Burial will follow at the Moody Family Mausoleum at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 13, 2003, in the Malloy & Son Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Memorials may be sent to Moody Gardens, Inc., One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas, 77554 or to the charity of one's choice.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Ross Rankin Moody, E. Vince Matthews, III, Allan Watkins Matthews, Robert L. Moody, Jr., Jay Balentine, and Kevin Dahlberg. Honorary pallbearers are Russell S. Moody, R. Eugene Lucas, and Walter Kiebach, and all the wonderful women and men who represent the Moody Interests.

The Moody Family would like to thank special caregivers Martha Spence, Juliet Jacobs, and Zena Rosa for their devotion to Mrs. Newman.

Malloy & Son Funeral Home

Published August 13, 20036 
Burial* 13 August 2003  Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery, Hitchcock, Galveston Co., TX2

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Citations
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  2. [S626] Find-A-Grave, online http://www.findagrave.com.
  3. [S247] 1920 U.S. Federal Census , 1920 U.S. Federal Census.
  4. [S1125] Newspaper Archive, online http://www.newspaperarchive.com, http://newspaperarchive.com/galveston-daily-news/1981-08-27/page-14.
  5. [S1162] GenealogyBuff.com, online http://www.genealogybuff.com, http://www.genealogybuff.com/ks/state/webbbs_config.pl/read/323.
  6. [S1339] TX, Galveston Daily News, online, http://galvestondailynews.com/story/12386.


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