Frances Huntington


Frances Huntington
June 11, 1917 - Sept. 3, 2011

Frances Elaine Huntington, 94, of Walla Walla, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sept. 3, 2011. She was born June 11, 1917, in Colorado Springs, Colo., to Roselle and Bessie Cole Plumb. Her father was a minister in the Church of the Nazarene, serving as pastor of Walla Walla First Nazarene Church (now Amazing Grace Nazarene Church) twice during the 1930's and 1940's. She graduated from Pasadena (California) Academy in 1935 and attended Pasadena College.

She met William Richard "Dick" Huntington while they attended Walla Walla High School and they married in 1936 in Reno, Nev. They later divorced and Mr. Huntington died in 1977. She lived in Nampa, Idaho for 10 years before moving to Walla Walla in 1966. She worked as a dietician in Nampa and also at St. Mary Hospital until her retirement in 1979. She moved to the Odd Fellows Home in 2008, where she was lovingly cared for until her death.

During her working years she was involved with Zonta International and Sunshine Club and later was a volunteer with Walla Walla Hospice.

She was very close to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was able to celebrate her 93rd birthday with many of them in 2010. She also spent many happy days caring for several of them when they were young children. She enjoyed trips to Hawaii and Mexico with them in her later years. She was known to her family for her stylish appearance and silly sense of humor.

She was very active in Amazing Grace Church of the Nazarene, serving as a leader of the Missionary Society and working in the library. Her faith was the central theme of her life, as she recorded in her bible that she became a Christian in 1951 at the age of 34.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Joe Whitmarsh of Eagle, Idaho; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ron and Joyce Huntington and Bill and Jessie Huntington, all of Walla Walla; nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Harold Plumb; a sister who died in infancy; a daughter, Ann Burwick; and three grandchildren, Todd Huntington, Julie Williamson, and Jay Burwick.

A celebration of life is planned at the Amazing Grace Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the church in care of Herring Groseclose Funeral Home.

You are invited to visit and sign the online guest book at


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