LaFrance G Grubbs

Died: Fri., Jun. 1, 2018

Interment following funeral service

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Fri., Jun. 08, 2018
Location: Burns Mortuary

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Sat., Jun. 09, 2018
Location: St. Andrew's Church

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After a long and brilliant life LaFrance Grubbs left us on June 1, 2018. She passed peacefully in her sleep.

LaFrance was born on June 24, 1918 at Mrs. Nichols Maternity Home. She was the third daughter of John and Winnie Blanchet. LaFrance attended a one room school house in Coombs Canyon 1st thru 8th grade. She moved to town where she attended and graduated high school form St. Joseph’s Academy.

She met the love of her life at a dance and married James Oscar Grubbs on May 29, 1938. Together they had three daughters, Judy Kay Grubbs Pranger, Gaynell Grubbs Woodell and Rachelle Grubbs Doherty. LaFrance had 12 grandchildren , 19 ½ great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild. She also has numerous nieces, nephews and unofficial children and grandchildren.

LaFrance had a long and very active career in the world of credit. She served locally, regionally and internationally with Credit Professionals International. She received many awards and some of the highest honors the organization has to give. LaFrance final retired from her 3rd career as Executive Director of Consumer Credit Counseling Service at the age of 85.

In 1987 she worked tirelessly for over a year with Rudy Rada on the Clocktower project.

In 1990 she was named First Citizen in Pendleton for all her work for the community.

LaFrance will always be remembered for her beauty, class, graciousness and love of family and friends.

LaFrance is survived by her daughters Judy Kay Pranger, Cornelius, Oregon; Gaynell Woodell, Merrill, Oregon and Rachelle Doherty, Pendleton Oregon and countless loved ones.

She is preceded in death by her husband Oscar Grubbs; parents John and Winnie Blanchet; 6 siblings Marguerite Sartin, Verlie French, Bobbie Futter, John Blanchet, Cressie Depew and Jim Blanchet.

The Rosary will be held Friday, June 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Burns Mortuary in Pendleton. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Andrews Mission. Burial will follow at Olney Cemetery.

Donations may be made to St. Andrews Mission or a charity of your choice.

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Pat and Tami Mason
   Posted Tue June 05, 2018
To the family of LaFrance Grubbs -
What a beautiful person she was inside and out. She blessed our lives and we are thankful that God caused our paths to cross. From the first day I met her at a Credit Professional International meeting - we were friends forever.
She will forever be in our hearts and we will miss her dearly.
She leaves behind a legacy of love for each of her family members as she bragged about all of you to us. Thank you LaFrance for your love and friendship...… missing you already.

Kimberly Warner
   Posted Wed June 06, 2018
Dear Gaye,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Just want you to know I'm thinking of you.

Vicki Dick (Scharn).
   Posted Wed June 06, 2018
So sorry for the loss of your mom.
I have known LaFrance since I was a little kid and was amazed at
How young she lived her life. She was amazing. If m y mom Pat Dick, could she would express her Wishes of condolences also. They new each other since their20’s. She was a special lady

Margaret Ewert-Moen
   Posted Thu June 07, 2018
LaFrance was a mentor to me and so many others during our membership in Credit Professionals. She set the standards of how our organization should be ran and did that with style and class. I always looked forward to seeing her at each meeting and couldn't wait for the special hug. What a beautiful lady, inside and out. Peace to the family. Our prayers are with you.

Jill Jaeckel
   Posted Fri June 08, 2018
La France was a wonder, her stories and her memory, her grace and class.
We loved her with all our hearts. Lots of love appreciation to her daughters who shared her with her CPI & ICA family. Forever in our hearts.

Joyce Jones
   Posted Fri June 08, 2018
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of our beloved LaFrance. Many years ago when I was doing a lot of traveling for CPI, LaFrance invited me to speak at her local association. When I arrived, she gave me a large Teddy Bear because she said I should not travel alone. That Bear still rides along with me. As she now travels to heaven, we all should know that she will never travel alone as we are all with her. Godspeed LaFrance! You are missed so very much!

Jan Leonard
   Posted Thu June 14, 2018
To LaFrance's family I add my sadness to the passing of LaFrance. I have known her (and Oscar) since I came to Pendleton many yrs ago. She was such an inspiration and her talent and friendship was meaningful to me in many ways. Even at the grocery store she would stop and chat with me always helping me to learn something new she wanted to share with me.. I loved this lady.. She was a great friend and will be missed.
Jan Leonard

   Posted Tue July 03, 2018
Rachelle and David-
We were grateful to be your neighbors and to get to know you two and LaFrance especially this year. She was such a lady, and set the bar high for generations of women to follow. Love from Margie and family

Melea Sundby
   Posted Tue August 21, 2018
To LaFrance’s family, I just learned of LaFrance’s passing and wanted to send my heartfelt condolences. I first met LaFrance when I was a member of Credit Professionals (at that time known as Credit Women International) She was an exceptional woman, wonderful mentor and an amazing role model for so many of us. Her kindness, her class, her wisdom will always be remembered.

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