Frances W. Leep, 87, of Baker City, died Jan. 16, 2005, at her home.
Memorial services for Mrs. Leep will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Baker City Christian Church. Pastor Roger Scovil and Mr. Jack Pittman of the church will officiate.
Mrs. Leep was born in King City, Mo., on July 11, 1917, to Nelson Oscar and Clara Belle (Keeney) Williams. She moved to Oregon with her family at the age of 14 and settled in Eugene, where her father was a pastor and her mother taught school.
She attended schools in the Eugene area and graduated from Oregon State University. She followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a Home Economics teacher.
She taught two years in Halfway, one year in Lebanon and two more years in Grants Pass. On Sept. 11, 1943, she married George E. Leep in Eugene. They moved to Baker City in 1943.
Frances went to work for the State of Oregon Family Children Services department and retired in 1972 after 22 years of service. She was a member of the Baker City Christian Church for more than 50 years.
Mrs. Leep is survived by her children, Elizabeth Erwin and her husband, David, of Oregon City; Marydee Rea and her husband, Lloyd, of Baker City and Margy Heilman and her husband, Eric, of Milwaukie; grandchildren, Georgene Rea, Marianne Stone and her husband, Daniel, Francine Rea, Lloyd Rea III, Jimmy Heilman and Jeffery Heilman; three great-grandsons, Griffin and Gavin Stone and Aiden Ellis Heilman and three nieces and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George, two sisters and two brothers.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Leep’s memory may be directed to the Baker City Christian Church Building Fund through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, Oregon 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 21, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor