April 22, 1919 - Feb. 15, 2011
Frances R. Strode, a longtime resident and native of Dayton, was born on April 22, 1919. She passed away at Booker Rest Home on Feb. 15, 2011, after 91 years.
Her parents were Joseph and Elizabeth Alloway Kitterman. Her father was a blacksmith and a semiprofessional wrestler and her mother was a housewife. They had eight children. Frances survived meningitis during the epidemic that took her mother and a brother when she was 8 years old. She married Lawrence F. Strode upon graduating from high school. They lived in Dayton, the Seattle area and in Alaska.
Frances worked as a secretary for many years at the Dayton Green Giant plant and as a bookkeeper for a rural Alaska utility company. She returned to Dayton in 1978. She was a quiet person with a wonderful sense of humor and a quick smile. She loved her garden and poetry. Often, she would drop a line or two of poetry to fit almost any occasion.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; and her grandson George. Her surviving family includes, Eleanor (Elly) Strode of Covington, Va., Larry (Bill) Strode of Naknek, Alaska, and Anne Strode and her husband, Terry Steinhoff of Dayton. She has one granddaughter; four great-grand-daughters; and three great-great-grandchildren.
If you wish to make a donation in memory of Frances, please consider the Booker Rest Home through Professional Funeral Director Crematory, 2112 S. Second Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362. Frances' family wishes to extend their appreciation to all the people at the Dayton clinic, the hospital, food services and Booker Rest Home for their loving care to Frances and her family.
There will be a private family burial. Anne and Terry will host an open house at 218 S. Fourth St. on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 1-4 p.m.