Frances Ann Lintvet Gilkey passed away peacefully on November 3, 2022.
Frances was born January 12, 1924 to Selmer and Beda Lintvet in Lake Park, Minnesota. At a young age she helped the war (WWII) effort Rosie the Riveter-style, by working in a factory. She then joined the Marines, stationed in D.C. and later transferred to San Diego.
She belonged to the Arcata United Methodist Church, where she served on many boards. In 2008 she began attending the United Methodist Church of the Joyful Healer. In the last five years she attended the Wesleyan Church of the Redwoods. She was active at the McKinleyville Senior Center, attending classes and serving on the board.
She lived a very long (nearly 99 years) and happy life. She and her husband were married nearly 60 years when he died. They had four children, sadly losing one at three years of age. She was a den mother for her boys Boy Scouts and for her daughters Girl Scouts. She has 10 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren!
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Estol “Gil” Gilkey, her parents, her older brother Don Lintvet, and a daughter Donna EvaMarie. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Darrel and Brenda Gilkey of Columbus, Georgia: Duane and Mary Gilkey of Birmingham, Alabama; Diane and John williamson of McKinleyville, California; grandchildren Sarah and Jason Hardin of Carmel, Indiana; Martha and Garet Mason of Las Vegas, Nevada; Joseph Gilkey of Birmingham, Alabama; Erick and Mackenzie Gilkey; Joel and Linh Eagle of Belmont, North Carolina; Chris and Andrea Eagle of Columbus, Georgia; Lorretto and Jim Klug of Thiensville, Wisconsin; Lyn and Matt Garrison of Jackson, Georgia; Larry and Kim Eagle of Phenix City, Alabama and Jay Eagle of Spokane, Washington. Frances is a;so survived by 22 great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Fran loved flowers and she loved giving to others. Gifts in memory may be made to the Wesleyan Church of the Redwoods or Hospice of Humboldt. Written memories may be left with Humboldt Cremation & Funeral Service.
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