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Frances "Fran" S. King (1924-2014)

Emmett Messenger Index, August 19, 2014

Frances "Fran" S. King, 89, of Emmett, passed gently into heaven Aug. 6, 2014. She will be missed by so many people whose lives were touched by hers.

Fran was born on Sept. 25, 1924, in Wenatchee, Wash., to Fred and Crystal (Jones) Schafer. She was the third of five children. She graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1942.

Fran married Richard T. King on Jan. 18, 1957, and enjoyed 44 years of marriage until Dick passed on Jan. 11, 2001. During their marriage, Dick and Fran owned and operated a jewelry store and The Boise Pilot Shop. Dick was the father of two sons, Larry King (deceased) and Ronald H. King of Valley Village, Calif.

Fran was a lifelong learner who went on to higher education graduating from Boise State University in 2000 with a degree in history. Fran loved to read, travel and garden. Honoring and serving veterans was also a long-time passion. Up until the time of her death, she was a weekly volunteer at the Idaho Veterans Hospital and the Idaho Military Museum. Fran volunteered her time freely to many organizations: VFW Aux 63, Boise, Gem County Historical Society, Idaho State Veterans Home, Idaho Military Museum, Idaho Vintage Motorcycle Club and the Gem County Republican Party to name a few. In recognition of her many years of service, Fran was nominated as Gov. Otter's "Brightest Star" and received the "Spirit of Freedom" award from Senator Mike Crapo.

Fran attended the Methodist Church in Emmett where she valued the many friendships she shared.

Fran is survived by a sister, Jean Jackson of Olympia, Wash.; brother, Paul Schafer of Yakima, Wash.; son, Ronald H. King of California; daughter-in-law, Pat Frost, Calif.; granddaughter Sarah Kuehle of Ore..; grandson, Max King of Kentucky; sister-in-law, Doris Schafer of California; and two nieces and six nephews, as well as countless longtime friends who will miss her dearly. A memorial service will be held at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at 11 a.m.

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