Fran Cheves Passes Away at 91

Fran Cheves

Frances “Fran” Edith Cheves of Kennewick, Wash. passed away in Kennewick on Jan. 10, 2020 at the age of 91.

She was born on Dec. 14, 1928 to John and Estufania Correa on a sheep farm ranch in Echo.

Fran grew up in Echo with baby animals, two sisters and one brother. She attended Echo schools, where she graduated from high school. She then attended college in La Grande. After college, she returned to Echo to work at the Umatilla Ordnance Depot. She married and raised her three children in the Tri-Cities. She later remarried in 1981 to Sam Cheves and enjoyed her administrative work for the Kennewick School District.

The couple traveled together across the United States, working and seeing the country. Some of the places they lived during that time were New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Texas, California, Oregon and Massachusetts. Once she returned to the Tri-Cities, she worked as a secretary for St. Joseph’s school. She had been a member of the Catholic church for 70 years.

Fran loved flower gardening, working in the yard, her children and her church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Clara Norton and Este Billings; brother, Jack Correa; and son, Monte Robertson.

Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 520 S. Garfield St., Kennewick, Wash.

A Funeral Mass will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, also at St. Joseph Catholic Church. A meal will follow the mass in the church office building.

A private family burial will be in Echo Cemetery.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.


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