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Frank Beardsley dies at 97; patriarch of blended family of 20
Frank Beardsley dies at 97; patriarch of blended family of 20

When the delivery truck pulled up at the base of their steep driveway, the Beardsley children knew what to do. The crew, clad in hand-me-down clothes, poured out of their eight-bedroom Carmel home and down the hill. They helped unload 50-pound bags of flour and huge tubs of jam. Grocery shopping for 22 was pandemonium; instead, a restaurant supply company brought the food to them. "A jar of peanut butter? Gosh, that would last one meal. Maybe," said Susie Pope, a middle child in a big, blended family that inspired a Lucille Ball movie. Frank Beardsley, the family's patriarch, who ran his home with a military-trained eye for exactness, died Dec. 11 of complications of old...

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