Graveside services for Frankie Larson will be held in Bozeman, Montana, at Sunset Hills Cemetery on Aug. 5th at 11 a.m. She passed away in December of 2015 in Oregon. Following the service, there will be a reception and refreshments at the Marriott Residence Inn at 6195 S. Valley Center Road, Bozeman.
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Frankie was born in Jerome, Idaho, in 1914 and was the 5th girl of seven children. Frankie grew up working on the family orchard. Her parents, Aldrin and Lewis A. Tillman were some of the early pioneers, arriving in Jerome in 1907. Frankie graduated from Business School in Spokane, Washington, and married Langdon W. Slack in 1935. She later married Donald J. Larson in 1951. Frankie lived in Bozeman, Montana, until she was 92 years of age, except for a short time in the 1980s when she lived in Puyallup, Washington. In 2006 she moved to Wilsonville, Oregon, to be close to her daughters and grandchildren.
Frankie was employed from 1951 until 1979 at Montana State University where she was a secretary in the Animal and Range Sciences Department. She supported the students and typed many of their theses. After a period of retirement, she returned to work at American Simmental Association in Bozeman, until she retired again at 89 years of age in 2004.
Frankie was a dynamic and active individual. Her favorite pastime was downhill skiing which she did until 91 years of age. In her younger years, she participated in competitive diving and was the high school basketball center. Frankie loved nature and never grew tired of taking friends and family through Yellowstone Park. She also enjoyed hiking, fishing and many other outdoor pursuits.
Frankie is survived by her two daughters; Linda Naumcheff and Candice Piazza who both live in Oregon. She has six grandchildren; Lori, Geri, and Lynn Naumcheff, Gina Proctor, Christa Coleman and Nichole Piazza-Steeves. In addition, Frankie has seven great-grandchildren; Sean and Ross Reaksecker, Adeline and George Brooks Coleman, and Micha and Kristina Steeves, and Austin Upton. She has two great, great-grandchildren, Alec and Elise Reaksecker. Frankie has numerous nieces and nephews. At the time of her passing, she had reached the age of 101. She was well loved and will be missed. She was preceded in death by her former spouses and her six siblings.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 29, 2016