Jeraldine "Jeri" LaFROMBOISE|
Jeraldine Royce "Jeri" Loomis Lafromboise, 79, was born on December 14, 1933 in Hoquiam, WA. She was the daughter of Jennie Loomis Meade and Roy C. Loomis.
After the family moved to Auburn she graduated from Auburn High School in 1951 and attended the University of Washington. She was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority and a cheer leader for her four years there and was voted Homecoming Queen her senior year, graduating with a degree in Education in 1955.
Jeri married the love of her life Richard Lafromboise in April of 1955. After a whirlwind honeymoon in Europe, they moved to California, where he was in the Air Force and she taught elementary school. After leaving the Air Force, they moved to Olympia, where she gave birth to her first child, Rick. In 1965, they moved to Seattle, where she gave birth to her second child, Jenifer in 1969.
In 1968, Richard purchased the Daily Chronicle in Centralia and also owned the Aberdeen Daily World and The Red Bluff Daily News, in Redding California. Upon his untimely passing in 1968, Jeri became President and Chairman of the Board and served in that capacity until her retirement in 2012. Her strong spirit and wonderful sense of humor prevailed throughout those years as she learned the ropes of the business and raised two children as a single mom.
Throughout her lifetime Jeri was a huge Husky fan, and attended all home and many away football games. She was an active member of UW Alumni Association and Tyee Club as well as the Seattle Execs and Toastmasters. She was also an officer in both the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the Nile.
She is survived by her mother, Jennie Meade; her husband, William Dray; her children, Richard Lafromboise and Jenifer Lafromboise Falcon, son-in law, Jesse Falcon; and her grandchildren, Tonishia La Martina, Saffron Lafromboise, Noah Falcon and Quinn Falcon.
Jeri was a remarkable woman. She will be remembered as a smart, fun loving, kind spirited woman who loved to laugh, sing, dance, ski, travel and attend Husky games, and her family and friends will truly miss her.
The funeral service for Jeri, will be held on January 10, 2013 at 11 am, at the Price- Helton Funeral Home located at 702 Auburn Way North, Auburn, WA.
To pay tribute to Jeri, please visit her memorial web page at http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Jeraldine-Lafromboise&lc=7549&pid=162008519&mid=5359549&eid=sp_sciobit
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 6, 2013