Frances Gunn, owner of antique shop, dies
Frances O’Connor Gunn, who owned Vail Village Antiques, died Sunday in Whitefish Lake, Minn. She was 80. She was born in St. Paul, Minn. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1946. In 1949, she and her husband, Robert Gunn, moved to Wichita Falls, Texas, where they raised their four children. The Gunns began skiing in the 1950s and visited Vail for the first time in 1964. The family made Vail its winter retreat in the early 1970s. Frances’ eventually turned her hobby, collecting antiques, into a business, Vail Valley Antiques. Friends and family members say Frances Gunn supported many nonprofit organizations, including the Vail Valley Medical Center, the Vail Mountain School, Mountain Hospice, Project Self-Sufficiency, Camp Knutson and Boys and Girls Club. Friends and family members say she will be remembered for her intelligence, sense of humor, love of reading, loyalty and love of family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Louise and Vincent O’Connor; three siblings, Jack, Vincent and Connie; son Vince and daughter-in-law Nancy. She is survived by her children, Bill Gunn, Emily Gunn and Sheila McCormack; daughter-in-law Ann Gunn; son-in-law Michael McCormack; grandchildren Suzanne, Greg, William, Julie, Robert, Charles, Christopher, Hallie and Conor; great-grandchildren Emma and Ben; and her friend and care-giver, Jane Bedford. Mass of Christian burial is at 1 p.m., Thursday at Our Lady of the Sorrows Chapel near Whitefish Lake. Friends may visit today from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Brenny Funeral Home in Crosslake. Interment is at Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Mountain Hospice. Vail, Colorado
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