Frances Packham Transtrum, beloved by all of her family, passed away at her home in Eagle, Idaho, on May 6, 2019, as a result of natural causes. She would have been 93 years old at the end of May. She will be sadly missed by many.
Frances was born May 30, 1926, to Charles Austin Packham and Mary Ann Hickenlooper Packham in Blackfoot, Idaho, the last of eight children. She met Jay Findlay Transtrum while in junior high school, and they married on November 5, 1943, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple in Logan, Utah. They settled in southwestern Idaho in the early 1950s, where they raised eight children.
During her life, she would have rather spent time sewing and needle working than anything else, but greatly enjoyed reading, gardening, and socializing with friends and family. She was very creative and had an extremely outgoing personality. Frances was very interested in politics and served at local voting polls for about 50 years, only retiring from that service at the last 2018 election. She loved her church not only for spiritual support but also for the dear friends she had there, and she loved her neighbors who cared for her in many ways.
Her family was her greatest joy, and she is survived by her children, Kathie (Joe) Kynaston, Roger (Marilyn), Margaret Ann (Chris) Sorensen, Susan Kay, Charles (Kenya), John (Lorraine), Toni Clifford, and George (Susan), as well as 37 grandchildren, and 98 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband, Jay, and a granddaughter, as well as her parents and siblings.
The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to Keystone Hospice for their loving care and assistance during Frances’ last illness. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 11:00am, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 700 W. State St., Eagle. Viewings will be held Monday, May 13, from 6:00-7:30pm, at the same location, and from 10:00-10:45am before the service at the church. Interment will follow the service at Dry Creek Cemetery, Boise.