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Willene June "Willie" Franano


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Willene June "Willie" Franano Obituary
Franano, Willene June "Willie"
75, of Scottsdale AZ. Was born in Canadian Texas June 9, 1940 and passed on 5-6-16. She is survived by Son R.D. Speers, Daughter Cassie Franano, Grandchildren Tyler Speers, Lilly Speers, Jennifer Aguilar and Sarah Wilson. She also reveled in loving her 5 great grandchildren, Sisters Hollene Peery of Canadian Texas and Raellene Parker of Gilbert AZ., and Brothers in law Jerry Peery, Don Parker and Ken Shiner were the backbone of her core family. She was preceded in death by parents Sam and Cassie Waters and sisters Emily Shiner and Charlette Pool. After moving to Scottsdale in 1976 Willie made it her goal to own her own bar.In 1978 her goal was achieved and since that time, She had owned or been a partner in 9 Bars. She was an icon in a predominately male buisiness, and she was respected for that.She took pride in her Dive bars that never closed on Holidays. She loved to cook and feed everyone at no charge, because everyone needs somebody to be with on holidays and she did that at the Road Runner Lounge for 30 years. Her true passion however was travel from Alaska to Hawaii to Costa Rica, The Keys, Bahamas, but most of all Cabo Mexico. For the last 25 years Wille sport fished in Cabo, all the way up untill Nov of 2015. Last and Best trip. Her love was family, friends and always making new ones. Strong, True, Generous. Celebration of Life will be held June 11th at Scottsdale Elks Club #2148 6398 E. Oak from 2-6pm. Please send any donations to or Scottsdale Elks Club in Lieu of flowers.
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 22, 2016
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