Frances Irene Fretenburg Archer (nee Matthews)

Frances Irene Fretenburg Archer (nee Matthews) passed away April 23, 2012 in Hillside Village, Salmon Arm, BC, at the age of 97. She was born October 14, 1914 in Montesano, WA. She lived in various places in WA and OR before moving to BC in 1970. She lived in Blind Bay, Hazelton, Eagle Bay and Chase. She moved to Hillside Village, Salmon Arm in 2008. Even though she had a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, she still had her sense of humour.

She had many varied interests which included gardening, handcrafts, needlework, Bible studies and reading. She also enjoyed drives on the back roads looking for wild flowers and wild animals. Quite often she would find a treasure while browsing through antique stores, thrift shops and yard sales. She had a love for dogs and often took in stray dogs. She always had a dog in her home.

She leaves a son Gary (Nancy) Fretenburg, a daughter Karen (Ron) Barklow, grandchildren Rella (Paul) Niemela, Dana Barklow, Russ (Karen Johnson) Fretenburg, Rhonda Stevens and great grandchildren Mandy and Nicole Niemela, Sean Stevens and Nelson and Nicola Fretenburg.

No service by request. Cremated remains will be interred in Washington at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to FISCHER’S FUNERAL SERVICES & CREMATORIUM LTD., Salmon Arm (250) 833-1129. EMAIL condolences and share memories at

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