Frankie Grammon

Obituary of Frankie Grammon

Frankie Lee Grammon, 91, passed away peacefully August 31, 2017. She had been a Skamania County resident more than a third of her life, but for the last five months was in a memory care facility in Springfield, Oregon. Born in Toppenish, Washington on February 9, 1926, she joined the Cadet Nurse Corps near the end of WWII, two weeks after graduating from high school, and trained at Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Spokane, part of Whitworth College. The war ended before she could be assigned to active duty, and she continued her career as a nurse in clinic and hospital settings, specializing in maternity and premature infant care.

On August 29, 1948, she married Dean C. Grammon. They lived in the lower Yakima Valley, then served as houseparents at the Christian Children's Home in Boise. The young family moved to Ottumwa, Iowa, where Dean studied for the ministry. Their fifth baby was born with health problems that necessitated a move back to the Yakima Valley, where they lived until 1966, helping establish several churches. When health issues also affected one of their daughters, they moved to Arizona, returning to the Vancouver area in 1968. They bought a property near Archer Mountain at Skamania, and Dean built a home there, where they lived 25 years. During those first years, Frankie traveled the county as a visiting nurse for Skamania County Senior Services, also helping establish a respite program and Alzheimer's support group.

Dean and Frankie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1998, and they moved to an Oregon assisted living facility when Dean needed additional care. After his death in 2008, she moved to Carson, where she lived with her daughter until this spring, when she was diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer's. She loved music, and knitted hundreds of caps and booties for overseas orphanages and extended family.

She is survived by her brother, Claude Smith (Mary), of Yakima, Washington; and her children, daughter Joanna of Carson, Washington; Deanna Holsinger (Steve) of Lindale, Georgia; Clyde Grammon (Carrol Anne) of Monterey, Louisiana; Pauline Davis (Stan) of Pleasant Hill, Oregon; David Grammon (Christy) of Roseburg, Oregon; Arnold Grammon (Juanita) of Baker City, Oregon; and Lois Grammon of Seattle, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Medical Teams International.