Marion Frances “Fran” Sewell

Marion Frances “Fran” Sewell

February 25, 1923 – June 3, 2019

Age 96

Fran (Herbermann) Sewell was born February 25, 1923 in NYC.  She attended Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1944.  Upon joining the WAVES, she attended basic training at Smith College, MA.  As a 1st lieutenant (jg) in the Navy, she was posted to the ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence) in Washington, DC as a communications operator in the code room.  When WWII ended, she was released from the Navy and signed on as a civilian.  She was quickly posted to Tokyo as a member of the Allied Occupation of Japan.  There she worked in communications at the Dai-Ichi Sei mei building.  At the opening of the Yokota Officers’ Club, she met a B-24 pilot, “Luke” Sewell.  She became Mrs. Sewell and as an Air Force wife moved with her husband and two children all around the U.S. and England.  Col. Sewell retired from the Air Force in 1973 at Offutt Air Force Base.  Fran served as a Red Cross volunteer at various bases around the U.S. and volunteered at the Joslyn Art Museum for more than 25 years.  Fran was a founding member of the La Belle Vue #933 chapter of Questers International.  She was a loving wife, mother, and friend to many.

Preceded in death by husband Virgil R. Sewell.

Survived by her son, Paul and wife, Marty, of Falls Church, VA and daughter, Ann S. Moore of Bellevue, NE.  Also survived by grandsons, Matt Sewell of Bronx, NY and Jon Sewell and wife, Aimee D’Angelo of Houston, TX.

Memorial Mass: Thursday, June 13, 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 2302 Crawford St., Bellevue.

Inurnment: Arlington National Cemetery, with Military Honors, at a later date.


  • ab Posted June 9, 2019 2:21 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort (Psalms 83:18 Jehovah & 2 Corinthians 1:2,4) your hearts while we await His Kingdom government that Jesus prayed for in the Lord’s Prayer. Revelation 21:3-5 promises us He will soon end death….. and make all things new.

  • Ken Collins Posted July 12, 2019 10:13 am

    Oh gosh, just found this article today! Mrs. Sewell was my Mom’s (Mary Ellen Collins-deceased-April 2017) BEST friend in recent years. Being a NAVY veteran too, (like Fran and Mom), I always wanted to get the chance to speak with her again regarding her “Crypto-days” during WW2. Now…. I gotta “wait” to speak with her about this for just a few more years before I too, go to God through His/Her most honorable servant “King Neptune!” May her son and daughter be comforted by knowing that Mrs. Sewell INDEED lived a very, VERY complete life here on earth!

  • Dickson Kunz Posted July 25, 2019 9:43 pm

    Like one of the others who posted, I also just discovered this information. Although only cousins, my mother and Fran felt more like sisters, and I grew up calling her and her husband, “Aunt Frances and Uncle Luke.” Likewise, myself and my 2 siblings (John & Karen) thought of Paul, Ann, and Marty as cousins, rather than second cousins.

    I wish I had learned of her passing sooner.

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