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Obituary: Groat, Francene

GROAT, Francene Francene Rae (Slinkard) Groat (age 76) lifetime resident of Rockford, Washington passed away suddenly on May 22, 2013 at the Valley Hospital. She was born December 3, 1936 to Leslie Slinkard and Bertha (Brown) Slinkard. Francene grew up riding horses, was a princess in the Rosalia rodeo in 1952, was an avid barrel racer and rodeo fan. She also worked in the Rockford area as a waitress, worked at the carrot factory, Sacred Heart Hospital and her first job was with the Spokesman-Review. Later in life Francene enjoyed playing cards, baking and spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her sons; Kevin (Nikki), Doug and Danny. Stepsons; Robert (April) and Tom (Sandra); grandchildren: Josh, Megan, Raeanne, Austin, Travis, Steven, Cheyenne, Sara and Robee. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother and Marv, her companion of 24 years. A memorial service will held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, at Spokane Valley United Methodist Church, 115 N. Raymond Rd. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Fairview Cemetery in Rockford. SCHANZENBACH FUNERAL HOME, Fairfield WA in charge of arrangements.


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