Frances Claire Siegel, age 93, of Prineville, Ore., passed away peacefully July 31, 2013. At Frances’ request there will be no formal memorial service. Family will gather later this summer to celebrate her life and share memories.

Frances was born March 18, 1920, a native of the Methow Valley, living her early years on Beaver Creek near Twisp, the only child of Clarence and Olive Thurlow Hayden. She graduated from Twisp High School in 1939.  Frances and her husband, Lee, were married in 1940 and enjoyed 52 years together until his death in 1992.

Frances and Lee spent their married life in Twisp until Lee’s retirement. In 1984 the couple moved to East Wenatchee. Frances relocated to Goldendale, Wash., after Lee’s passing to be near family. In 2005 she moved one last time to Prineville.

She was a longtime member of garden and homemakers clubs in Twisp and East Wenatchee and was quite accomplished at growing beautiful irises. She was a devoted mother to her surviving sons, Dan Siegel (Edna) of Prineville, and Doug Siegel (Esther) of Goldendale. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Frances will be missed by her family and friends.

Whispering Pines Funeral Home in Prineville is in charge of the arrangements.