Frances Louise Chigbrow



Frances Louise Chigbrow, 93, born October 7, 1919, in Kirwin, Kan., to Charles and Gertrude Townsend passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Wash. In Kirwin, Kansas, on October 8, 1939, one day following her 20th birthday Miss Frances Townsend married Mr. Raymond Chigbrow, with whom she would share the next 47 years.

During the construction of the third power- house in 1967, they lived next to their daughter Shery in the government housing outside of Electric City, known as Coulee Grande’. Frances was always very social, loved being around others, music, particularly country and enjoyed a good game of bridge. She enjoyed many road trips traveling about the country with Ray, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her beloved Ray in 1986; brother Hugh Townsend and loving companion Pete George; Frances’ legacy lives on through her daughter: Shery Snow (Quincy); son Brent Chigbrow (Linda); step-daughter Dixie Huntington (Don); grandchildren: Kelly Snow (Kolea), Stacy Mattson (Bud), Dejoni Absher, Christin Kolzig, Marisa Grenell and DJ Coudert; several great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.

Coulee Medical Center ER and Walk-In Care

At Frances’ request, cremation has taken place with family services at a later date. Her family requests donations be made in Frances’ memory to the Carson Kolzig Foundation named for her great-grandson and founded to Enhance Treatment Options for Autism, to provide support for families with autistic members and to educate the community at large about autism. Please go to or call (509) 396-9230 to give. You may sign Frances’ online guest book Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, is honored to be assisting Frances’ family.


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