Francine Irving Neff, 84, passed away at her home in Pena Blanca, NM on February 9, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Neff; and by her parents Edward Hackett Irving and Georgia Henderson Irving of Mountainair, NM. She is survived by son Edward Vann Neff; daughter Sindle Sandoval and husband Chris; sister Shirley Irving Fisher; brother-in-law, George Neff; sister-in-law, Barbara Neff; nieces and nephews and many friends. Francine was born December 6, 1925 in Albuquerque, NM. she graduated from Mountainair High School in 1944, from Cottey College in 1946, from the University of New Mexico in 1948. Francine married Edward J. Neff, cofounder of Neff and Company CPA's on graduation day June 7, 1948. Francine was a charter member of Chapter AL, P.E.O., a member of Alpha Delta Pi, and a member of St. John's Episcopal Cathedral. She served as president of Inez Elementary School P.T.A., den mother of her son's cub scout group, leader of her daughter's Camp Fire Girls group, state sponsor of N.M. Teenage Republicans, president of Mortar Board Alumnae, president of N.M. Society of CPA's Auxiliary, president of City Pan-Hellenic Alumnae. Francine became politically active in the Republican Party and was elected National Committeewoman from New Mexico in 1970. She served with George H. W. Bush on the Republican National Executive Committee 1972- 1974 and was appointed the 35th Treasurer of the United States in 1974. She served as National Director of the United States Savings Bond Division until 1977. Francine served as an outside Director on the Boards of Directors for E-Systems/Raytheon, Hershey Foods Corporation, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, and D.R. Horton, Inc. She served on the Board of Trustees for Cottey College 1982 - 1987, the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITZ) 1981 - 1984, Lovelace Medical Center Board of Advisors 1979- 1982, Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 1978- 1981. Francine was awarded honorary degrees from Mount St. Mary's College, American International College and New Mexico State University. Funeral mass will be held at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John's, 315 Silver S.W., at 10:00 a.m. on Friday February 12, 2010. In lieu of flowers the family requests that any memorial contributions be sent to a charity of choice or to the P.E.O. Foundation.
Published on: Thu February 11, 2010