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ALAMOSA ó Longtime Valley resident Frances Amelia Lancaster, 91, died early Saturday morning, Feb. 20, 2005, at San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center in Alamosa.
She was born Frances Amelia Keller June 9, 1913 in Russell, Kans., one of 10 children born to Frank and Lydia Reinhardt Keller. She graduated from High School in Russell Kans.
Frances married Bonda James Lancaster on July 23, 1939 in Monte Vista. They were married for 55 years, had two children Janice and Gary, and lived most of their lives in Monte Vista until moving to Alamosa in 1990. Frances worked several jobs until she was 73. In her younger years, she worked in a grocery store and a hotel. She was the cashier for Gordon store for many years, then in 1951 she and BJ bought the Willowdale Dairy. She helped deliver milk and took care of the bookkeeping. Due to BJís health, they closed the dairy and Frances went to work for Bechtel Drug Store for 18 years.
Until she died, she lived in her own home and loved it so much. She loved to grow African Violets. Everyone who knew her will never forget her wonderful pies, and coconut cream was her specialty. She was active in several bridge clubs in Monte Vista, and a member of the Rebeckas.
Frances was a warm and loving person who will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She loved her family and thoroughly enjoyed her grandchildren, Wendy, Dustin and Tamra, and her great-grandchildren, Jakob, Zachary and Ryan. Frances loved company and visitors were always welcome in her home.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bonda; her four brothers, Carl, Vernon, Leslie and Chick Keller; and one grandson, Dustin Lee Lancaster.
Survivors include one daughter, Janice (Richie) Burger of Alamosa; one son, Gary (Robin) Lancaster of Litchfield Park, Ariz.; two granddaughters, Wendy (Greg) Lancaster-Loper of Peoria, Ariz. and Tamra (Mark)Burger Gallegos of Tolleson, Ariz.; three great grandsons, Jakob Lee Lancaster-Loper, Zachary Dustin Lancaster-Loper and Ryan Austin Gallegos; four sisters, Wanda Muttart, Louise Alfieri, Lucille Ryan, Helen Sillince; and one brother, Paul (Marian) Keller.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at the River of Life Church in Alamosa. Visitation will be held at the Rogers Family Mortuary, from 4-6 p.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 23. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alamosa Senior Citizens Center. Arrangements are by Rogers Family Mortuary of Alamosa