Frances Mrak

Frances H. Mrak
January 30, 1911 - January 6, 2013
Frances Mrak, 101, of Homedale passed away Sunday, January 6, 2013. She was born in a coal mining town in Sweetwater, Wyoming January 30, 1911. The second child of Frank and Frances Kushlan who were immigrants from Austria (now Slovenija). After the third child was born they moved to Homedale, ID to farm. Hard working people they cleared the tumbleweed land, to grow a variety of crops. Three more children joined the family and she helped take care of them and the field work. Working hard all her life she found time to enjoy her large vegetable and flower gardens, was a great bowler for over 50 years and loved the garden club. She also served the Catholic Church in many different capacities.
She married in 1930 to Anton Mrak, and to this union they were blessed with two daughters: Frances (Roger) Myers and Dorothy (Robert) Hensley, sister in law, Shirley Kushlan, Four grandchildren: Lyman (Pat) Hensley, Tonya Hensley, Pam Myers and Julie (Andrew) Pikes and two great granddaughters, Andrea and Drew, and several nieces and nephews. She was a wonderful cook and made sure no one left the table hungry.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers; Frank, Lewis and John Kushlan, two sisters; June St. Clair and Ange Ojala and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Homedale (27 E. Owyhee) from 5:30-8:00 PM Thursday January 10, 2013 with Rosary recited at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Valley, Catholic Church, Caldwell, on Friday January 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow at Marsing-Homedale Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Jan. 9, 2013