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Frances Koster Byford
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Birth: Aug. 10, 1922
Chaffee County
Colorado, USA
Death: Jul. 8, 2009
Thurston County
Washington, USA


Frances Byford, 86, died peacefully July 8, 2009 in Olympia, WA.

She was born on August 10, 1922 in Salida, Colorado to two World War I veterans, Harold R. and Olive Wallace Koster. She had one brother, F. Wallace Koster, who preceded her in death. Husbands also preceding her were Albin J. Schultz and Charles B. Byford.

She is survived by a daughter, Judy Nordhaus (Richard); two sons, Wally Schultz (Alma) and Peter Schultz (Karen); and a stepdaughter Pam Easley (Darrell). She has 10 grandchildren who were her traveling companions throughout her life. Also surviving are 9 great-grandchildren.

Frances earned Masters Degrees from the University of California Berkeley at San Francisco, and Western Washington University in Bellingham. She held diverse positions in the nursing field during her 60-year career, including Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Washington, teaching at Northern State Hospital; private duty nurse; charge nurse at Western State Hospital; Nurse Practitioner in Mental Health and as a Counselor in her own practice.

Her curiosity and desire to learn caused her to be a world traveler and host to foreign exchange students. She developed a lasting friendship with Christoph Meier and his family in Germany. She was an avid genealogist, bridge player, collector of artifacts, VW Bug enthusiast, breeder and shower of Siamese cats, reader, gardener and birder. Her love of opera, theater, and classical music were life long, as was her involvement in the Episcopal Church. Volunteering was her way to better her community, serving in various ways in Menlo Park, CA, Sedro-Woolley, WA, and especially in Steilacoom, WA after her retirement.

At her request, a funeral service will not be held. The family will be gathering at a later date to celebrate her life. Special thanks are extended to Olympics West for their concern for, and excellent care of, Frances.

Memorials in her honor may be made to The Society of St. Margaret, 17 Highland Park Street, Boston, MA 02219, an Episcopal Religious Order of which her granddaughter is a member.

Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home, Lakewood, WA 
Family links: 
  Charles Byron Byford (1912 - 1984)*
*Calculated relationship
Mountain View Memorial Park
Pierce County
Washington, USA
Created by: Judy Johnson
Record added: Sep 28, 2009
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Frances <i>Koster</i> Byford
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