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Frances Peake has died

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  • Frances Peake has died

    Long time Alpha Five developer and former Alpha Five employee, Frances Peake died at home this past Sunday evening of ovarian cancer. She had been struggling with cancer off and on for several years. She was a gifted and talented software developer, an accomplished business woman, and a good friend. Although she rarely commented on the message board, behind the scenes she did a great deal to support Alpha Five.

    The link below is provided for anyone interested.

    She will be missed.
    AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

    [email protected]

  • #2
    RIP to a wonderful human being.
    Al Buchholz
    Bookwood Systems, LTD
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    • #3
      Very sorry to hear this sad news!
      Alpha Anywhere v12. Build 8245-5650 IIS v10.0 on Windows Server 2019 Std in Hyper-V


      • #4
        Remember talking Newport, Rhode Island DevCon - Sorry to hear this news lovely person.
        Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
        Albert Einstein, (attributed)
        US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)


        • #5
          Sad news


          • #6
            I had no idea. Francie was a terrific person, always with a smile. She started her Alpha career as an Alpha Software employee.


            • #7
              I'm very sorry to hear this. She was a wonderful human being. Such a great person to work with - RIP Francie.


              • #8
                I sympathize with those left behind.
                "Knowledge without application is useless."


                • #9
                  Francie was special, she had time for everyone. She was humble and kind. I remember her from the days when she worked for Alpha and all the conversations we had. I am very saddened to hear of her passing.


                  • #10
                    Sad to hear this. She was smart, joyful, and just a pleasure to have known. Godspeed Francie.
                    Bob Moore


                    • #11
                      This is sad news, remember well meeting up at earlier conferences. Very talented developer and all round good person.
                      Glen Schild

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                      • #12
                        Very sorry to hear this news. I had the opportunity to meet her at one of the Alpha conferences. She was a smart and fabulous person. My condolences to her family.


                        • #13
                          So sad. I had known Francie since her Alpha days. It had been too long since I had talked to this special person.


                          • #14
                            I met her at Devcon in 2017. What a gracious and talented lady. She will be missed. Prayers and peace to her family.
                            Mike Reed
                            Phoenix, AZ


                            • #15
                              I am sorry to hear this, too. I met her at some of the conferences, and we spoke a few times. She had clients waiting in line for her help with Alpha.
                              Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
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