Our beloved Franny quietly slipped away to heaven early in the morning on Saturday, September 14, 2013. The love and care that Franny brought to the world was immeasurable. Her home always had an open door, a full refrigerator, a toy cabinet and a treat drawer filled with goodies for everyone. Franny loved her family without reserve, and treated friends of her family as if they were family. She simply gave her love to all that came into her life.
Franny worked at several businesses, including Merle Normans of Astoria, but her favorite job was being the Hostess with the Mostess for 18 years at the Red Lion Restaurant and Café in Astoria. Fisherman, longshoreman loggers, and other locals came to have coffee or a meal and see Franny. She was invited to be an honorary member of the Uniontown Supreme Court, which was a prestigious, all male group of fishermen that met for coffee every day.
Franny enjoyed writing poetry and had several published in the Oregonian newspaper. She enjoyed and had participated in the Fisher Poets event. Franny had been a member of the American Cancer Society and the Astoria Anchors.
Daphne Francine Scott was born in Astoria on August 19, 1926, to Daphne Gunderson Scott and Francis (Frank) Scott. Her mother worked at Bumble Bee and her father was a longshoreman. Francine attended Astoria schools graduating with honors from Astoria High School, where she met James Fredrick Parker who was the love of her life. Francine and Jim were married in Astoria on April 19, 1947.
Franny and Jims life was immersed in the fishing industry. They hosted many crab or crawdad feeds for family and friends. These simple events gifted all attending with the irreplaceable memories of tables heaped with seafood combined with great conversation about the latest in fishing and politics. Birthday parties at Frannys were the best, and went on till all the cake was eaten and the ice cream was dripping onto the floor.
Franny was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jim, her son Jimmy and her sister Rosemary. She is survived by her son Scott and wife Mary Parker, daughter Gayle Parker, daughter Peggy and husband David Hutt and daughter-in-law Sheree Parker (Jimmy Parker). She is also survived by grandchildren, Christina Riser, Danny Riser and wife Lori, Jennifer Hamaker and husband Justin, Monty McCleary and wife Angela, Casey Roscoe and husband Mike, Zach Storey, Laura Parker, Scotty Parker, Grady Parker and Megan Parker; great-grandchildren, Parker Riser, Calli Riser, Renee Riser, Junder Pineda, Trevor, Kyler and Trey McCleary, Parker Roscoe, Morgan Houck, Rylan Houck and Jacob Hameker; and great-great-grandsons, Leland and Brody Blackburn; numerous nieces and nephews, including Jimmy Gedenberg and dear friend Ronnie Williams.
Franny was known for her numerous shenanigans; all of them unpredictably hilarious, and all stories of her good intent with an unplanned outcome. She could always laugh at herself and would explain her predicament with a Leave it to Franny explanation!
Franny was very proud of her athletic abilities and loved to share her stories of not just being able to run faster than her own kids, but she could outrun any kid in the neighborhood as well. Franny remained a girl at heart for her entire life.
Franny was radiant in beauty and spirit and she has left a legacy of unconditional love and kindness for us all.
A celebration of Frannys life will be held at the Astoria Elks Lodge on September 28, 2013, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
You may sign an online guest book at www.OceanViewAstoria.com.