Frances B. Tribe, 96, a four-year resident of Chinook, Wash., died Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, in Seaside.

She was born Oct. 19, 1912, in Bickleton, Wash., to Earl and Beatrice (Mosley) Zumwalt.

She attended local schools and graduated from Yakima (Wash.) High School, where she participated in track events. She was a member of the first licensed practical nursing class to graduate from Clark College in Vancouver, Wash.

On Feb. 10, 1930, she married Robert Tribe in Mabton, Wash. He preceded her in death in 1992.

The couple settled on a farm in rural Clark County, Wash.

Mrs. Tribe helped her husband on the farm and with their store, Bob's Grocery. She was employed at Vancouver Memorial Hospital and later was a home care giver to numerous family and friends. Following her husband's retirement, the couple traveled in their recreational vehicle. In 1994, Mrs. Tribe moved to Long Beach, Wash.

She was a member of Manor Evangelical Church in Clark County. She enjoyed square dancing, gardening, quilting and being a foster parent. She was a member of the Clark County Sheriff Deputies Auxiliary, a 4-H leader and a member of the Washington State Grange, Good Sam Club and the LPN Association. She was also a member of Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church of Seaview, Wash., where she played hand bells until she was 90, cared for the rose garden and served as a deacon.

She is survived by a daughter, Inez Greenfield of Chinook; a son, Glenn Tribe of Vancouver; a sister, Maxine Olson of Lake Oswego; six grandchildren, Mike and Jim Tribe, Dick and Robert Greenfield, Julie George and Cindy Olson; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter; an infant son; a brother; and a sister.

A memorial will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church in Seaview, with a reception following at the church.

A private family graveside service will be held at Fourth Plain Pioneer Cemetery in Vancouver.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church memorial fund, P.O. Box 268, Seaview, WA 98644.

Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach is in charge of the arrangements.

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