Frankee Eliot

Obituary of Frankee Page Eliot

Frankee Page Eliot DVM July 17,1931 - July 22, 2022 

Born- Hastings, Nebraska 

preceded in death -Her Husband Theodore S. Eliot Jr 

Survived by- 

Her sister Patricia Green 

3 children and their Spouses- Lee and Debbie Eliot, Jennifer and David Thornburg, and Lisa and Brian White 

14 Grandchildren 

28 Great Grandchildren 

Frankee grew up in Grand Island, Nebraska. Her father passed when she was 7yrs old, and was raised by her widowed mother and paternal Grandparents. After graduating from Grand Island High School in 1949, she and her family moved to Boulder in order to attend veterinary School, She was accepted to CSU. She was 1 of 2 Women studying veterinary Medicine, which at that time was dominated by men. She was a member of Phi Zeta Sorority and enjoyed sports. Frankee met the love of her life, Ted Eliot at CSU. They initially fell in love because Frankee liked his automobile; a model T, Frankee and Ted married in 1955. 

Upon graduating from veterinary School in 1956, the family moved to Los Alamos and started their first veterinary practice, including work at Los Alamos Scientific Labs. 

Frankee was the first licensed woman veterinarian in New Mexico and loved being around all type of animals. Frankee and her husband owned 3 private practices around New Mexico- Los Almos, Las Cruces and Silver City. 

Frankee combined her love for veterinary medicine and travel with family in tow by teaching at several universities; Oklahoma State University, Mississippi State University, Ross University in St. Kitts as well as Universidad de Guatemala. 

Frankee semi-retired in her 70's but could not give up Verterinary medicine. She did relief work for private veterinarians and worked the horse racetrack test barns in Texas and New Mexico. She worked part-time at Holloman AFB and Ft. Bliss veterinary clinics. She also worked for the New Mexico Board of veterinarians, as an inspector and investigator. 

Franke was President of the National Woman's veterinary Medicine Association in 1965. She was presented with a distinguished Veterinary award from the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association in 2012. 

Frankee always made an effort to attend her children's and grandchildren's Activities, whether it was; horse shows, choir Concerts, band concerts, graduations and sports activities, even if she had to travel long distances. Frankee enjoyed purchasing Christmas gifts for her family. Due to her expanding family, she turned to attaching paper money to candy bars for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed her high school reunions and visiting relatives. 

Full retirement came at age 80. She enjoyed church activities and doing her puzzle books. 

services will be held on August 6, 2022 at 10:00AM At Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church 1801 Montano Rd. NW Albuquerque, NM. 87107 

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