OBITUARY

Frances Caroline Giffey

February 14, 1923October 6, 2018
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Frances Caroline Giffey passed away October 6, 2018 at Olympic Healthcare Services in Centralia Washington. A celebration of life service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 20 at 1:00 PM with reception at Jeremys Farm to Table 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

Frances was born to Cassius and Jennie Heldt Lawson in a farmhouse outside Fairmont, North Dakota during a blizzard on February 14, 1923. Early in her life her family moved to Goldendale, Washington. The attributes and many tales of growing up in Goldendale were well known to her family and friends. Her father operated a planing mill to provide for the family which included older sister Marguerite, older brother Howard, and younger brother Arthur. The details how everyone in Lawson family helped to survive the Great Depression were also revisited. The hills and mountains of the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge were cherished by Frances. After graduating from Goldendale High school in 1941, Frances attended Washington State College in Pullman earning a Bachelor’s of Arts with High Honors in Sociology in 1945. While the attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States entering World War II definitely changed her expected college experiences, which she had learned about from Marguerite, she still became a lifelong Coug! For summer employment to help pay for college Frances worked at a cut off saw station in a saw mill making boards for ammunition boxes.

After graduation Frances worked for Washington State Child Welfare Services stationed in the City Hall of Chehalis. She received a grant to attend graduate school at the University of Washington just as she met Captain Lee Giffey in 1946 after he was discharged from the Army Air Corps. They were married in 1950. Together they operated Giffey Hardware, started by Lee’s father, for 33 years until his death 1985. Fran loved her family dearly; daughter Carol Rae and son-in-law Larry Haney, son Mark Lee and daughter-in-law Cheryl and granddaughters Kelly Donice and Lindsey Lee, and her Lawson family nieces and nephews.

After a few years of marriage Frances retired from working for the Washington State Child Welfare Services to concentrate on her young family and Giffey Hardware. Landscaping , gardening, and extensively remodeling the farmhouse that Lee and Fran purchased shortly after being married brought her much enjoyment over the years of their marriage. She volunteered in many different ways for her community. She particularly enjoyed supporting efforts serving children including: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Brownies, Candle Lighters, Head Start, Title Reading, Lewis County Superior Court Guardian Ad litem, Adaline Coffman Guild, and Providence Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees “ Mrs. Pockets”. Community groups memberships included PEO and the St. Helens Club.

The our family would like to extend their thanks for the care Fran received while residing at Chehalis West Assisted living and Olympic Healthcare Services.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Westminster Presbyterian Church PO Box 710 Chehalis, WA 98532 or any children’s benevolence association.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 20, 2018
REMEMBERING

Frances Caroline Giffey

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Janet Moore

October 18, 2018

Auntie Fran was an amazing, loving, generous woman and a wonderful baby sister to my late mother, Marguerite. We loved our many gatherings such as Mother’s Day in Chehalis, Thanksgiving in Portland and Chehalis, family reunions, etc. I don’t remember a time when Auntie Fran wasn’t smiling or welcoming. Growing up and well in to my adulthood, she was always engaged and inquisitive about whatever my brother and I were doing. What a role model she was! Another example of her loving heart was her relationship with Uncle Lee. They were a loving couple and fun to be around. Thankful and blessed. That’s how I feel for having Auntie Fran in my life. 💕 Jan (cuz that’s what she called me instead of Janet.)

Joyce Harvey

October 13, 2018

Fran was such a friendly lady. I enjoyed her company for many years whenever we visited Cheryl and Marks family. I especially had a good time with her when we shared a hotel room in Whistler, BC when the family went skiing. We spent the day browsing shops and lunching together at that quaint town. I also got to stay at her home in Chehalis several times. We liked talking about gardening and flowers.

She will leave behind many happy memories for a lot of people.

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