Mary Frances Lansdowne, 93 of Valparaiso, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2023. She was born July 5, 1930, in Valparaiso to the late George and Audrey (McCauliff) Clifford. Mary graduated from Valparaiso High School, and made her career with the Valparaiso Community Schools as a secretary for Flint Lake School and later as a secretary for the Superintendent. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and volunteered at the Presbyterian Resale Shop and Opportunity Enterprises. Mary also enjoyed playing golf and spending time with her family. She was an intelligent, warm, and caring woman, who will be deeply missed.
In November of 1949, Mary married Frank Lansdowne, who preceded her in death in 2001. She is survived by their children: Chuck (Karen) Lansdowne of Highland, Kevin Lansdowne of Wanatah, and Kathy (Brian) Landry of Sheridan, OR; daughter-in-law, Maggie Lansdowne; 8 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 4 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Bruce Lansdowne; daughter-in-law, Linda Lansdowne; sisters: Helen Thompson and Ruth Vet; and brothers: Paul, Joe, and Gene Clifford.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, with a funeral service beginning at 12:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Opportunity Enterprises or Dunes Hospice.


Fran was married to Frank Lansdowne whose mother was Mildred Pumroy Lansdowne therefore a distant cousin. They were close to my family and we spent many joyous occasions together! Fran was the best! We'll miss her especially at the Pumroy reunions as she always had some good stories to tell! -Fred and Mary Pumroy 

Aunt Fran was always so sweet and kind. I have many wonderful childhood memories of Clifford family gatherings at Fran and Frank's home. She will be dearly missed, -Vicki Rae (Clifford) Rodich 

I have such fond memories of Aunt Fran and Uncle Frank. Their many travel stories encouraged me to travel as well. Aunt Fran always encouraged me in my travel pursuits. Her laugh was so genuine and sincere and her smile was infectious. To my cousins, my love to each of you! May all your memories bring you comfort. -Cindy Vet, Decatur, Georgia

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