Frances Dodge "Candy" Cantrel, age 89, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at the Heritage Place in Kalispell.
She was born Nov. 8, 1918, in Plains to Wilbur and Nell Clark Cameron.
Frances was raised on the family ranch in the Little Bitterroot area near Hot Springs, where she attended a one-room schoolhouse until moving to Plains for high school.
After graduation, Frances went to Kinnman Business College in Spokane. She decided that teaching was her calling and went on to get her B.A. degree in education from the University of Montana.
Frances met George Dodge while teaching at Noxon. They married in November of 1943. After the death of her husband George in 1958, she accepted a teaching position at Dixon grade school where she met and later married Gerald "Ed" Cantrel.
Frances taught school at Noxon, Heron, Dixon, Arlee, Charlo and Ronan. She dedicated her life to her students up to her retirement in 1986 from the Ronan School District. At this time, she moved to Kalispell to be near her family.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband George with whom she had four children; her second husband Ed; her brothers, Phil Cameron and Richard Cameron; and a sister Virginia Erchul.
She is survived by her children, Deanna Mathison and husband Steve of Kalispell, Patricia Murphy and husband Ron of Whitefish, Jon Dodge and wife Ann of Laramie, Wyo., and George Dodge Jr. of Kalispell; and grandchildren, Stephanie Bell and husband Charlie of Pearl City, Hawaii, Rebecca Mathison of Kalispell, Jessica Curry of Butte, Bryan Dodge and Dan Dodge and wife Karrah of Fresno, Calif.; and great-grandchildren Hannah Bell and Owen Burwell.
A Memorial service for Frances will be held at the Noxon Cemetery.
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