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Celebrating the life of

Shirley Ann Frank

Passed away on January 26, 2023

Shirley Ann Frank

Shirley Ann (Sas) Frank of Savannah, GA passed peacefully while surrounded by loved ones on January 26, 2023. She was 91 years young.

Sas was the daugther of the late Rodney and Ola Smith of Long Island, New York. Following her graduation from White Plains High School, she enrolled at Purdue University and joined the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. It was there in her freshman English class that she earned her infamous nickname “Sas”. Over Thanksgiving at the neighboring Sigma Chi fraternity house she met the love of her life Myron (My) Frank, whom she married in 1953. Sas graduated with a degree in Consumer and Family Sciences and joined My in Midland, Michigan where he was employed by the Dow Chemical Company. In 1966 she moved with her family east, first to Darien, CT and then to New Canaan, CT where she was a teacher at Saxe Middle and New Canaan High School for a combined 21 years.

In 1995 My and Sas started the next phase of their lives by moving to the Landings on Skidaway Island, Savannah, GA.

In her life she loved spending time with friends and family, hosting parties and sharing laughs. My and Sas loved to travel, and spent their retirement circling the globe twice together. Sas made fast friends everywhere she went, and made a point to get to know all those she encountered, not excluding waitstaff, grocery store clerks, and crossing guards.

She was a member of the Country Club of Darien, the New Canaan Congregational Church, the Landings Club, Skidaway Island Methodist Church, Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Sas was predeceased by her loving husband My, as well as their son Dr. Kevin S. Frank, DDS.
She is survived by their daughter Kristin Frank McGarey and her husband Francis X. McGarey of Darien, CT, grandson Andrew McGarey and wife Gabriella of Stamford, CT, granddaughter Alison McGarey Trandel and husband Philip of Atlanta, GA; Daughter-in-law Dr. Janice Mooney-Frank of Cromwell, CT and grandchildren Emilie Frank of North Providence, RI, Gregory Frank of San Mateo, CA and Melanie Frank of Newton Centre, MA; Brother Douglas P. Smith of Redwood City, CA. As well as honorary granddaughters Kate Lehr and Hannah Evans of Savannah, GA

The family would like to thank all of those who have cared for and supported Sas in her twilight years, especially all of her bluebirds at Coastal Care Partners.

A private memorial service was held with family in Savannah, GA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to YMCA Camp Takodah of Richmond, New Hampshire.






My favorite smiling picture of Sas on a sunny Friday morning. May her bright spirit live on forever.

- Kate Lehr, Savannah, GA

Sorry for the lost mrs sas you will be missed get your rest my dear

- Ebony Drayon, Savannah , Ga

Sorry for the lost mrs sas you will be missed get your rest my dear

- Ebony Drayon, Savannah , Ga

Sorry for the lost mrs sas you will be missed get your rest my dear

- Ebony Drayon, Savannah , Ga

Sorry for the lost mrs sas you will be missed get your rest my dear

- Ebony Drayon, Savannah , Ga

Sas you're a shining star that will be missed.I will miss you zooming down the halls coming to dinner.

- Waltisa Williams , Savannah, Ga

So sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs Frank she will be missed

- Melissa from merrymaids , Richmond hill , Ga

I simply adored Sas! She was always a breathe of fresh air! I met her through the Savannah Chapter of the DAR. She volunteered to be the American Flag chairman and did an outstanding job. She researched various pins that were available and made them easy to procure. I met My one night at a restaurant. My husband and I went to their table. It was so obvious that they were a perfect match and adored each other. Our entire chapter will miss her energy and spirit very much. Prayers to all of her family. Barbara Victor

- Barbara Ann Victor, Savannah, ga

SAS was one of my best clients! Always a joy and such a caring person. Kristin, Andrew, and Alison may remember me from many moons ago at the hair salon. When time permitted, you all were clients as well when you visited from CT. SAS followed me around even after I opened my own salon an hour away and up until the Army had us move a few states away. I returned to GA March 2022 for a wedding and visited SAS along with my girls whom she kept up with and asked about during her hair appointments. She was sharp as ever despite her condition. I am very thankful to have had that opportunity to visit her one last time. Condolences to the family. SAS, may you be at peace and play tennis again with My! Give him a big hug!!

- Len Black, Nashville , Tennessee

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • A Private Service Will Be Held