Mary A. Franks

Born: Wed., Feb. 3, 1926
Died: Sun., Dec. 20, 2009

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Mary A. Franks, a longtime resident of Pendleton, died Sunday, December 20, 2009 in a Pendleton care facility. She was 83 years old. At her request, no services will be held at this time. Memorials in her memory may be directed to the Pioneer Humane Society, and may be sent care of the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, Oregon 97801. Sign the register book or send condolences at burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Franks was born February 3, 1926 in Crawfordville, Indiana. She was the daughter and youngest of eight children born to Charles and Myrtle Sartain Vibbert. As a young child she moved with her family to Rupert, Idaho where she was raised. She also attended school in Rupert. After high school she married Stanley Franks on September 4, 1950 in Winnemucca, Nevada. She had lived in Rupert and Caldwell, Idaho and at Ordinance Army Depot near Boardman before she came to Pendleton. While here she was a homemaker and also a caregiver and had worked as a private caregiver for 41 years. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Pendleton, and had also volunteered for the Salvation Army. She greatly enjoyed sewing, gardening and spending time with her family. She will be remembered as never knowing a stranger. She is survived by: two children, David G. Franks of Lisbon, Maine and Karen Franks of Walla Walla, Washington; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers, five sisters and a great grandson.

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John Rolstad
   Posted Wed December 23, 2009
A wonderful lady.Always brought laughter. Miss those cakes she has brought us at work. God Bless you Mary

Nancy Wilson
   Posted Thu December 24, 2009
Mary Alice was my grandma's little sister, she grew up with my daddy, who always thought of her as more sister than aunt. I lived in Wenatchee, WA for over a decade and my family would always stop to see Aunt Mary Alice and Uncle Stan coming and going when we would head to Idaho to visit with family. The kids always wanted to see what kind of dogs she might be dogsitting when we passed through. They loved that she lived by the firehouse and drove vintage cars. SHE WILL BE MISSED. Bless Karen and David and their families.

Nancy Geraths
   Posted Sun December 27, 2009
Dear Family of "SWEET MARY" Mary and Stanley were the first people we met, after moving to Pendleton in 1972. Mary made us laugh non-stop and would make us feel like family, always! I can still hear her say her favorite saysing"WellGD"!!!!!!! She was an inspiration to many and all who knew her, loved her! I will miss her terribly but know now she is with Stanley and they are hooping it up together! God Bless all of you and a special THANKS to Larry and Melissa Munkus, for all of the wonderful care they gave to Mary.

Stephanie Franks
   Posted Mon January 11, 2010
Our Aunt Mary will be missed by all. Karen and David, I know that you will miss your mom. I am so sorry for your loss. Many people will miss her and the funny, straight spoken humor of hers. She was one of those life's true characters.

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