by Richard Brookhiser

It may seem odd to say, of a memorial service, that a good time was had by all, yet I think that was true of the tribute to the life and memory of Frances Bronson that took place today at noon blocks from NR. She was remembered by her large and loving family, by NR’s large extended family (beginning with Chris Buckley), and by a gentleman who saw her regularly at the Gemini Diner, her last hang-out in Murray Hill. The room was graced with photos of her taken throughout her life — what a lively, bright-eyed girl and young woman she was. What a lively, bright-eyed old lady too. The memorial ended with a recording of Kathleen Ferrier the great English contralto singing “What is life to me without thee?” from Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice.

Life is warm still, Frances — we have our memories of you. 

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