Frances Burge Lattin

AMERICAN FALLS—Frances Burge Lattin died on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Frances was born Oct. 30, 1917 to Rose Marie (Neil) Phelps and Frank W. Phelps in Dayton, WA. The oldest of five children, she spent her childhood in Arbon Valley where she attended school and high school in American Falls. She married Clifford LeRoy Burge on Nov. 28, 1936 and lived in a sheep camper for the first winter of marriage. They raised their three children, Bernie Allen Burge (deceased), Roberta Schritter (Melvin) and Richard Frank Burge (Barbara), all of American Falls.

She received an LPN certificate in 1965 and worked at Harms Memorial Hospital for two years. Her husband Cliff was killed in a hoist accident Feb. 18, 1966. She then moved to Mesa, AZ, to work at Good Samaritan Hospital, where she met and married Dan Lattin on Oct. 15, 1971. They spent summers on his farm in Belt, MT, and winters in Mesa. They later divorced. She continued to live in Mesa during the winters and the American Falls and Rexburg areas during the summers for a few more years until moving to American Falls in 1996. She loved to travel and cruised to the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, and travelled in Europe. She helped out at the senior center, made many quilts that went to Bosnia, enjoyed doing various crafts and working in her yard and flowers.

She is survived by two sisters Thyra Greaterex of Pocatello and Elaine (Ed) Kucera of Hamilton, MT; daughter, Roberta; son, Richard; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents; one sister, Annabel; one brother, Jesse “Bud”; one son, Bernie Allen; and one grandson, Rodney.

A gathering celebrating her life will be held Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St. in American Falls at 10 a.m. with a committal following at 11 a.m. at the Falls View Cemetery in American Falls.

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