Frances Marie Shire was born on Jan. 22, 1920, at Sandpoint, Idaho, to Dan and Elizabethe Reichert. She married Norman Shire on Sept. 13, 1939, at Inglewood, Calif. She died Jan. 21, 2009, at the hospital.
They have three children, Linda Hahn-Ford of Portland, Ore., Thomas (Linda) Shire of Portland, and Douglas Shire of Kingman. They have nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. They came to Kingman in 1979. Her parents and brothers preceded her in death.
Frances served as a foster mother in California for many years. She was not only active in the nursery, but also the woman's group of her church in California. She has always worked side by side with her husband, Norm, in his community projects. They, as a team, founded the first food bank as well as the commodity project. The commodity project's first home was the old Elks' building.
Frances made all the baby caps for the layettes that Grace Lutheran Church has prepared for years. She also made blankets from her sewing machine, which was always ready to make one more blanket.
She was always supportive of Norm in all his projects in the community, always praising his work. They made a great team.
A memorial you can give would be to the American Heart Society.
We celebrated her life at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, at Grace Lutheran Church on Harrison Street.