Obituary of Frances Ebbers
Frances Miller Peters Ebbers gained her wings on February 6, 2022, after dealing with numerous medical issues for years.
She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on May 19, 1941, to Lawrence and Margaret Miller. She was the big sister to Marg Skinner, Cheryl Searle, Wilma and Larry Miller. She grew up in North Fork on ranches just north of Elko, NV, attending a one room school and then graduating from Elko in 1959.
Fran married Fred Peters in 1959, and they worked for Marble Ranches and lived at the River Ranch near Deeth, NV, for 12 years. In 1961, Frances Marie was born, and in 1963, Cheryl Arlene was born. Fred and Fran bought their own ranch/farm in the Notus, Idaho area, in 1971. They loved having their own property and running cows, horses and sheep. Fran had had sheep since she was five years old. She always had bummer lambs and baby calves around, often in the house, nursing them back to good health. Fran and Fred were so proud of the quality of cattle, sheep and horses that they had put together.
Some of Fran’s favorite past times were digging for treasures with her cohort and sister-in-law Bette, teaching piano lessons to the neighborhood kids, playing pinochle, having beautiful flowers, yard and garden and canning everything she could. She definitely had a green thumb!
Fred passed away in 1977 from a hunting accident. A few months before his passing, Mom had gone to work for the Notus School District as an elementary secretary. She worked there until Cheryl graduated, and then she followed Cheryl to college at the College of Idaho, working in the Development Office. Later she worked at the Star Elementary School and Parma Co-op. Mom made good, lasting friendships wherever she went.
Fran’s house was always a place for family gatherings, holiday celebrations and a place for Cheryl and Marie’s friends to come at any time. There was always food to be offered and a fun time to be had.
In 1984, Fran married Bob Ebbers. They lived on the Notus property until 1996, when they purchased a bigger outfit at Mitchell Butte by Adrian, OR. They continued to raise quality cattle and sheep. Their next move was to the Big Bend area, closer to Adrian. Bob went to work for Y-1 Farms, so they ended up moving closer to Bob’s work near Jamieson, OR.
Fran was very active in all the communities she lived in -being a member and officer of the different ladies’ organizations, Catholic church groups, prayer chains and historical society. She was one to always jump in if someone needed help of any kind or something needed to be done.
She was predeceased by her parents; first husband – Fred; brothers-in- law Frank Skinner, Bernard Ebbers and Omer Church; and special sister-in-law Bette Peters,
Fran is survived by her husband, Bob; daughters: Marie Goicoechea and Cheryl Turner; son-in-law Bob Turner; grandsons: Jess and Anthony Goicoechea and Dean Turner; great granddaughter Junie Frances; siblings: Marg, Cheryl and husband Dennis, Wilma, Larry and wife Cathy; Brothers-in-law: Thomas Ebbers and wife Joanne and Bro. Edmund O.S.B. Sisters-in-law: Charlotte Shaber and husband Eric, Celeste Church, Teresa Fitzgerald and husband Bill, Margaret Ward and husband Lacy; numerous nephews and nieces; many special cousins; and very special family friend Maureen Hirai Takatori.
Services will be held at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Vale, OR. Rosary will be Friday, Feb. 11, at 7:00 PM with the service on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 11:00 AM. The graveside service will follow the church service at the Owyhee Cemetery near Nyssa, OR.
Arrangements and Services by Lienkaemper Chapel, ValeTo send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Frances Ebbers, please visit Tribute Store