Frances was born to Ira and Esther (Hansberry) Newell on November 1, 1925 in Seaside, Oregon. As a youngster her family moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon. Growing up she helped on the family farm. She graduated from Henley High School and worked as a teller in the bank for many years.
On September 18, 1949 she married the love of her life, Dean Seaney. In 1953, they moved to Medford, Oregon where Dean went to work at the Medford Mail Tribune. She continued to work in banking until 1959. Together with her husband, they became motor carriers for the paper serving rural Central Point, Oregon. She retired from the paper route in 1988 after 29 years.
Frances volunteered for Job’s Daughters and Medford Little League Baseball. She was a member of the Providence Hospital Guild for many years putting in 4400 hours. She prepared the Advanced Directive Packets and helped with the annual Festival of Trees.
Her hobbies were her family, embroidery, watching the Medford Black Tornadoes, Portland Trailblazers. Seattle Mariners, and Seattle Seahawks. She enjoyed going to casinos in Reno and Seven Feathers in Canyonville and to the horse races in Grants Pass.
In 2009, Frances moved into Twin Creeks Retirement Community. She enjoyed the friendship and camaraderie of the staff and residents. She loved her new home and remained there for 10 years. To the staff and residents of Twin Creek her children want to Thank All of You. We want to give Special Thanks to Dolores Hernandez and her care givers at Cascadia Adult Foster Care for taking such good care of our Mother these last several months.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband of 65 years, an infant daughter and her brother (Marvin Newell). Frances is survived by her three children: Deanna (John) Baker, Marsha (Nick) Miller, Michael Seaney; three granddaughters: Katie (Jeremy) Gabel, Stephanie Seaney and Charity (Joe) Stratton; five great grandchildren: Brianna and Caitlyn Stratton and Kinsley, Abigail and Jase Gabel; sister Marian (Al) Nanneman and five nephew and five nieces.
Due to current COVID restrictions, a private family memorial and interment was held at Eagle Point National Cemetery.
Conger Morris Funeral Directors of Central Point handled the arrangements.