Frances Velma Withrow passed away at her home in Sweetbrier, California on April 19, 2011. She was born August 15, 1918 to Lewis and Ollie Richter of Anita, Iowa.

Frances and her family moved to Wisconsin in 1919, where they lived on a farm near Thorp. In 1927, they moved to Castella, California where Frances attended Castle Rock School.

In 1929, the family moved back to Iowa; and in 1932, to Redding, California. There Frances met William Withrow and they married in 1936 when she was 18 years old.

Frances and William moved to Winnipeg, Canada in 1939, where William served in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
In 1941, William joined the US Army Air Corps and moved the family to Laredo, Texas. After World War II the family moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon; and later back to Redding.

In 1952, they moved to Alameda, California where Frances lived until recently moving back to Sweetbrier in the Sacramento Canyon.

Frances is survived by her daughters, Susan and Sherri Withrow of Sweetbrier; her son, William Withrow of Vacaville, California; two grandsons; three great-grandsons; and one great, great-granddaughter.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband William in 1983.

Frances loved to travel and especially enjoyed trips with her family to Crater Lake, the Columbia River Gorge, Glacier National Park, and Yellowstone National Park.

An active member of the Alameda Art Association from 1956 until 1972, she was an artist who loved painting mountain scenes and wildlife.

Frances’ daughter Sherri Withrow published a book in 2004, “Frances With Wolves,” honoring her mother’s wonderful life and adventures.

Arrangements were made by Mt. Shasta Memorial Chapel.