Frances Isabella Strain (1931-2018), was born at Rocanville, Saskatchewan on November 2, 1931, the youngest daughter of David and Emma Gibson. She passed away March 24, 2018 peacefully with family by her side at Clover House Swift Current, Saskatchewan at the age of 86.
She received her education in Rocanville and after graduation was employed at the Royal Bank at Maryfield. Following work at the bank, Frances worked at the dairies in Regina and Prince Albert as clerical personnel.
In 1952 she returned to banking, and was employed at the Royal Bank in Moose Jaw. From the late seventies to retirement, she was custodian of Success School.
While working in Moose Jaw, Frances spent many weekends at Lawson visiting her sister Katie. The main reason was to spend time with the neighbour boy she had previously met. On June 26, 1954, Frances was united in marriage with Franklyn Strain of Lawson. Six lively children were born to this union! They resided in Lawson for several years, and in 1965 they settled in Success, Saskatchewan until they retired and moved to Swift Current in 1997 where she resided until her passing.
Frances was actively involved in the community activities in Success, and especially enjoyed curling and helping with the entertainment for bonspiel socials. Frances was an active member of Success United Church, and later Grace United Church, serving on the board for many years. She was also a member of the Success Women’s Institute, Success Slimettes, as well as the Order of the Eastern Star—Pennant Chapter where she held the positions of Worthy Matron, Worthy Past Matron, Past District Deputy and Past Grand Officer.
Frances was an avid writer, knitter, joke teller and bun maker. The family all have a special memento from her, whether it be a copy of her book, “Across the Ironing Board” or a special knitted blanket.
Frances is survived by her husband Franklyn of 63 years, daughter Diane (Gene) Hunter, sons, Keith (Cindy), Chris (Janet), Tom (Cindy), Ted (Lorraine) and daughter Shirley (Larry) Olson, as well as eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, brother Doug Gibson, sisters-in-law Frances King and Peggie Strain and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, David and Emma Gibson, sisters Gwen Nixon and Catherine (Katie) Pollock, brothers Donald Gibson and William Gibson (in infancy), Franklyn’s parents, John and Dorothy Strain, brothers-in-law Stanley King, Clifford Nixon, Alex Pollock, John Strain and sisters-in-law Mildred (Don) Gibson, Isabel (Doug) Gibson and Frances (Alex) Pollock.
The memorial service took place at First United Church on Thursday, March 30, 2018, officiated by Reverend Annette Taylor. The honorary pallbearers were all those who knew and loved her. The ushers were Kim Ford and Darrell Wotherspoon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clover House, c/o Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Inc, 2051 Saskatchewan Drive, Swift Current, SK, S9H 0X6, or to the Swift Current S.P.C.A. Box 1163, Swift Current, SK, S9H 3X3.
Warren’s Funeral Home were entrusted with the arrangements. For further information, call 306-773-8831 or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to family members in our book of condolences.
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