Arlene was my neighbor for many years. I have many fond memories of her kind friendship, motherly advice and hilariously fun chats by the mailbox.

Arlene was a great lady. She was a true-blue genuine woman from the Greatest Generation who wasn't afraid to tell it like it is. Arlene was as much a part of Casa Verde as the beauty of the mountains we both marveled in from our corner of Palm Springs. The memory of Arlene will always be a part of Casa Verde and everyone who is fortunate enough to remember the firecracker who was Arlene Harris.

I look forward to seeing you again someday Arlene. Let's meet at the mailbox, shall we?
                                              Bernie Bogdanovs
                                              June 22, 2019

The Sunday Funnies


Francine Brooks

Casa Verde fondly remembers Francine Brooks, Casa Verde's first homebuyer. A resident of Casa Verde since 1984, Francine passed away on October 9, 2012, just one week before her 94th birthday. Francine and her beloved Tony were the first homeowners at Casa Verde. Tony was a longtime, active member on the Casa Verde Board of Directors, while Francine served the greater community of Palm Springs through her many years of involvement with the Palm Springs Senior Center, where she devotedly assisted seniors with their bookkeeping needs.

Francine was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1919. Never one to grow bored, Francine had an entrepreneural spirit throughout her life. She owned a bridal shop, and later became a buyer for Frederick's of Hollywood. This eventually led to her career as an international fur buyer. It was then that Francine would come to work with such international dignitaries as Lord Mountbatten, whom she fondly recounted enjoying afternoon tea with. Francine would later own and operate an employment agency before moving to Casa Verde with Tony. Francine will be greatly missed by everyone, especially her 2 sons, their wives, 3 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

Arlene Donna Harris

Longtime Casa Verde resident, Arlene Donna Harris, passed away of natural causes on June 19, 2019.

Arlene was born on March 22, 1929 to Samuel and Doris Goldman in Duluth, Minn. She married Sherman Harris on February 20, 1949. Looking to escape the cold winters, they moved to Palm Springs in 1953. Arlene chose to stay home with her children until they were all off on their own. She then went to work as a manicurist, until she retired in 2000.

Arlene had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. She was the "neighborhood mom" to all her children's friends. She was devoted to her children always. Her bubbly, carefree attitude was a welcome door for everyone to talk to her. Arlene loved life. Friends described her as very loving, caring, witty ageless, and a true classic beauty.

Arlene is survived by her son Samuel Harris (daughter-in-law Abbie); daughter, Janet Harris; grandchildren, Matthew Power (granddaughter-in-law Esther), Charles Harris, and Raquel Harris; great-grandchildren, Dalani and Tucker Power. She was preceded in death by her son Charles Harris. Arlene will be missed by all who knew her. 

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