Fran Sutherland passed away June 5 at Sequim Health & Rehabilitation in Sequim, Wash., after a short illness. She was 98 years old.
Frances G. Kiehn Jones Miller Sutherland was born on a ranch outside Spokane, Wash., on Jan. 26, 1917 to John A. and Paulene Kiehn. She spent her youth riding horses with her two older sisters, and participated in jumping and riding in parades. She graduated from High School in John Day in 1935, and graduated from Western Beauty College in Portland one year later. She then worked as a beautician for two years before moving to Corvallis to attend Oregon State College. She met and married Dr. W.R. Jones, a veterinarian at the college.
She had her son, R. Gregg Jones and then moved back to John Day after a divorce. She continued working as a beautician and also played piano in a 7-piece dance band that toured central Oregon. She met her second husband H. Donald Miller, a Forest Service Ranger, at one of the dances and married in 1945. For the next couple of decades they moved with the Forest Service all over the State of Oregon and to Atlanta, Ga., and eventually settled in Enterprise, Ore. Fran owned her own beauty shop there for many years, and they enjoyed many horse packing trips through the Wallowa Mountains during that time. Early in retirement, Don passed away from cancer in 1988 after 43 years of marriage.
Two years later, Fran married Jim Sutherland and they spent 12 years pursuing interests in photography and traveling around the United States before he passed away from cancer in 2006. At age 90, she moved to Washington State to be closer to her son. In recent years, Fran enjoyed going out to lunch and taking scenic drives around the Olympic Peninsula with her son. She also pursued learning about naturopathic remedies and health, and was very proud of her age.
She was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Elks club, and VFW Auxiliary. Fran always enjoyed meeting new friends, and she knew how to laugh.
She is survived by her son, R. Gregg Jones of Forks, Wash.; two granddaughters, Karen Jones (Mrs. Dave Bennatt) of Wenatchee, Wash., and Vicki Edwards of Ashburn, Va.; and one great-granddaughter, Abigail Bennatt of Wenatchee, Wash.