Mae Frances “Frankie” Clouse, 103 years, 9+ months, passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 in Sandpoint, Idaho. Frankie was born on June 8, 1917 in Atlanta, GA and grew up in Texas. A celebration of life for family and friends will be held at a later date.
She married, divorced and moved to Los Angeles with her two sons in the early 1940’s. During WWII, she worked repairing fuel tank bladders at a Goodyear plant just like ‘Rosy the Riveter’. She married the “love” of her life, Frank Clouse on March 8, 1946. They lived in West Covina until retirement in 1975, when they moved to a cabin (which Pop remodeled) on the Pend Oreille River in Sandpoint. Frank, aka “Pop” passed in 1981 while helping at Luther Haven Camp.
She was a Presbyterian and very active in her church – from the Ladies Quilting Circle, organizing the rummage sales, Women’s Bible Study, church suppers, and the Heifer project. She led the vacation bible school at Mirror Lake. She paid special attention to widows and those needing help. Frankie called nearly everyone “Baby” or “Baby-doll” and would cut to the point to know what was bothering you, and help with her wisdom. She was often called a “pistol” and had a sense of humor to the very end.
Frankie is survived by her two daughters-in-law Joan Whitenack and Hazel Whitenack; three grandchildren Terri Carroll, Michelle (Steve) Clayton, and Thomas (Elisa) Whitenack; six great grandchildren Ryan (Diane) Jimenez, Dylan (Bianca) Jimenez, Cory (Kelly) Clayton, Mark Clayton, Abigail Whitenack, and Luke Whitenack; and seven great-great grandchildren Madison, McKenna, Jackson, Emma and Ava Jimenez, Coral and Aurora Mae Clayton, and many very dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Frank, sons Tom and Larry and sister Rosy.
Please honor her with a donation to Bonner Gospel Mission or the Samaritan’s Purse.