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FRANCES MAE (FOSTER) HINCHLIFFE FRANCES MAE (FOSTER) HINCHLIFFE went to be with her Lord & Savior on July 11th, 2016. FRANCES was born December 8th, 1928 to Ray & Grace Foster in Wallace, Idaho. She was born in the same calendar year along with her beloved sister Doreen (Foster) Young. The family relocat ed to Onalaska, WA., Dalkena, WA & eventually landed in Precsott, WA in 1937 where her father taught school. The the family moved to Dayton WA in 1941 & Frances graduated from High School there in 1947. This is where she met & married her best friend & the absolute "love of her life", William Hinchliffe. Bill & Frances married on December 18th, 1948, in Dayton, WA. Fran & Bill were married for 67 years. Fran & Bill started their journey together in Washtucna, WA where dad began teaching. After 3 years, the couple moved to Othello, WA where her husband Bill had accepted his first principal ship at Hiawatha elementary school. This is where they started their family & son Raymond Dean Hinchliffe was born in 1954. In 1962 the family grew, & daughter Cheryl Hinchliffe (Steberl) was added to the crew. Frances & Bill lived there for 11 years, until Bill accepted another Principalship. The family moved to Richland, WA in 1965. Fran was a talented musician & loved to play many musical instruments. She was skilled at playing saxophone, clarinet, piano, Organ, harmonica, spoons, & washboard. Anything that could make a sound, mom could master. Frances played in countless bands over the years. As a young adult in Dayton, mom was known as the "go to" person to call if someone around town needed music for any kind of function. She played for weddings, dance celebrations, receptions and would never turn anyone down. She helped pay for Dad's college education with the money she earned by performing. Later in life, mom spent her time playing music & entertaining for the residents of senior citizen's homes in the Tri-Cities & surrounding areas. Frances was awarded the "Presidents Volunteer Service Award" for donating her time to preforming over 5,000 hours of music. Mom loved animals, children & respected all living things. Frances spent long days and many nights of her life nurturing abandon litters of kittens & various other injured, hungry or lost animals. There wasn't a stray animal that she didn't feed or care for. Dean would say that "you always knew when you were getting close to Fran's house because all the cats were so fat from her feeding them, that you couldn't see their legs! Frances had a special connection with all children, especially babies. Mom worked as a classroom aide for the Richland & Kennewick School Districts for several years & was a favorite! Young adults & children were always drawn to her. She loved to sing, play & most of all be silly! Mom was at ease with children of all ages & spent time creating many wonderful memories with her beloved nieces, nephews & family members. Frances was exceptionally thrilled to become a grandmother, & had a very special bond with her two granddaughters, Sarah & Mikayla. Mom-O was like a second mother. Grandma & Grandpa attended every basketball game, music concert, swim meet, volleyball game, and school function. Mom-O & Pop-O spoiled their grandchildren with love & time, & saved to pay for each of their granddaughter's to get their college education(s). Most recently mom was able to meet & hold her great granddaughter Ava Rae. Though she was very ill, her ear to ear smile told volumes. Frances had a wonderful sense of humor & she was deeply rooted in the baseball community in Richland where she watched all of her son's baseball games. Her open hand "clap" could be heard throughout the stadium! Much to everyone's annoyance, her cowbell sometimes too! She worked in the concession stands, collected donations & did anything she could to support the baseball programs. She loved the excitement of the game, & all sports in general. Mom's other hobbies included playing cards, fishing the South Touchet, and spending time at the cabin she built with Bill. Mom loved nature, cats, CHOCOLATE, & marshmallows. but most of all being anywhere and doing anything with Dad. Feel the sunshine on your face, look to the stars & know Frances is keeping the beat! Thanks for showing us what true love & compassion really looks like. Until we meet again! You are sorely missed momma! We love you Frances is survived by her husband & soul mate William Hinchliffe, Doreen (Foster) Young & Ronald Young, Raymond Dean Hinchliffe (son), Cheryl Hinchliffe-Steberl (daughter), Michael Steberl (son in law), Sarah Steberl Eskeli (granddaughter) & husband Rory Eskeli, Mikayla Steberl (grandaugher), Ava Eskeli (Great Granddaughter) & many beloved neices, nephews, cousins & friends. A special thanks to the many nurses & caregivers & Calloway Gardens Alzheimers/Dementia Care Center in Kennewick for giving mom such loving care. Grave side services to be held at 1:00 at the Waitsburg Cemetary on E. 8th St. Friday, July 15th @ 1:00 PM. Celebration of life immediately following at the Waitsburg Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Waitsburg High School music program.
Published in Tri-City Herald on July 14, 2016