Frances Kelley Call was born on October 8, 1929, in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, to Clarence Leslie Kelley and Emma Elvira Byington Kelley. She passed away at Brookdale Pocatello Assisted Living Center on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
Her parents were living at the Tout Ranch in Sunnyside, near Lava Hot Springs, when she was born, and in the spring of 1930, they moved to a farm in the Fish Creek area, also in the Lava Hot Springs area. There she learned to farm, tend sheep and cows, ride horses, tend gardens, and do housework and cook. She also learned how to “tromp hay on the hay wagon, and drive the horse pulling the derrick while stacking hay. While working on the ranch, she attended schools in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho.
On New Year’s Eve 1946 she met John Henry Call. After John’s service in World War II they began dating and were married on August 1, 1949. For many years she was blessed to be able to stay at home and raise her family. Later she entered the work force. She worked at Lamb Weston, the Cowboy Truck Stop Café, Deseret Industries, and then finished her career at Idaho State University in the custodial department.
Francis was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She and John were eventually sealed in the Logan Temple, Logan, Utah.
She was always busy with her hands. She loved to sew, crochet, garden, and pick and can huckleberries. She was an excellent baker. There were many family camping trips, weaving lots of good memories.
She is survived by her five children, Linda Lee (Ron) Facer, Terry John (Pearlene) Call, Betty Jean (Dennis) Facer, Nancy Kelley Call-Crawford, and Kevin Leslie Call; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; many bonus children of all ages; as well as her younger sister, JoLena Kelley Myler.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Call; her parents; brothers, Owen Kelley, Jesse Kelly, MacBoyd Kelley, and Leon Kelley; a sister, Hellen Kelley Hulse; a son-in-law, Ron Facer; grandsons, John Jess Call and Joshua James Call; and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11 am at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave. Pocatello, ID, with a viewing for one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
There will a brief graveside service for those who wish to attend, at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, 2864 S. 5th Ave. Pocatello, ID, following the service.
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