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Frances Filipi Is Keeping Her Values Alive


Francis Filipi

Frances Filipi dedicated her life to education. Frances earned her teaching degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After graduation she moved to Omaha, where she met and married fellow alumnus Paul Filipi in 1946.

Frances began teaching at Brownell-Talbot School in Omaha, implementing their first kindergarten and nursery school. She loved nothing more than planting seeds of knowledge into fertile young minds and watching them grow into strong, independent thinkers.

Paul and Frances had a son, David, who became a physician. He married Jody and delighted Paul and Frances with two wonderful grandchildren. Many years later, Frances developed Alzheimer's and moved to a nursing home called Brighton Gardens. Her family recognized that one of the greatest tragedies of this disease was that it robbed her of what she valued most: memories of family and her many pupils.

They took comfort in the staff's dedication and loving care provided to all the residents of Brighton Gardens. "As a teacher, Frances could intuitively identify and nurture personal traits that built self-worth. We found the same qualities in her geriatric caregivers," says her son, Dr. David Filipi.

When Frances passed away, her family wondered how they should honor her legacy of caring and teaching. The family chose to establish the Frances A. Filipi Scholarship for geriatric care at Nebraska Methodist College—The Josie Harper Campus. This scholarship is directed to Brighton Garden employees, with Methodist employees eligible if there are no candidates from Brighton Gardens.

"It takes creativity to match a donor's wishes with the mission of the organization," Dr. Filipi explains. "Methodist Hospital Foundation worked to help us establish a gift that would serve as a lasting tribute to my mother's values and express our gratitude to her caregivers. I am grateful the Foundation was willing to help us remember her in a meaningful way."

If you would like more information about establishing a scholarship or other planned gifts, please contact Elizabeth Borisow at (402) 354-4825 or e-mail

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