Wednesday, April 23, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Frances McLean Ketcheson

March 25, 1922 – April 27, 2013

She went to church on Sunday and sang in the choir, as she almost always did. Early in the week she played bridge and ate dinner with her good friends, attended her weekly Chocolate Society meeting, and gazed at the stars at the visiting Hubble telescope program. She was on the move, as always.

On Saturday, April 27, 2013, Frances McLean Ketcheson died in Davis.

Frances was born March 25, 1922, in Kent, Wash., the exuberant third child of Charles and Mildred McLean. Her father was a barrel maker and farmer and her mother an adventuresome teacher and commensurate gardener. Her mother was one of the first women to hike to the 10,000-foot Mount Rainier Muir base camp in 1915.

The spirited tradition of her family was not lost on her when she graduated as valedictorian at Prosser High School in Washington in 1940. After graduation, she became a secretary to the dean of the engineering school at the University of Washington, where she also attended classes. It is there that she caught the eye of David Ketcheson, an engineering student, after he served and was wounded in France during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. They were married in 1949.

David and Frances lived in Detroit for a time and then in various places in California, including Ontario, Reedley, Auburn and finally Meadow Vista for 40 years.

She was a faithful member of St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Auburn, where she was an accomplished organist and member of the choir.

She loved playing bridge with her many friends and grandchildren, her annual making and “turning” of the plum pudding with friends and family, and her Kentucky Derby parties where (under the table) bets were taken and Uncle Pete’s famous mint juleps were served. She also enjoyed Christmas caroling each season. She had fond memories of rich vegetable and flower gardens, and of successfully growing a magnolia tree in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

An enthusiastic supporter of the Davis High School Madrigals, Frances rarely missed a concert and relished her travels with the choir to Boston, New York, London, and Wales.  She took great joy in her association with the Madrigals and was especially delighted to have had the honor of high lady one year at the Madrigal dinner.

During her final years she lived at the University Retirement Community in Davis where she was a formidable bridge opponent and outgoing friend to many. Although short in stature, she will be remembered at the URC as the doting mother and grandmother of her descendants, all of whom loved her and many of whom are quite tall.

Mrs. Ketcheson is survived by her son Tom of Santa Fe, N.M., and daughter Kathleen Doty (Paul) of Davis. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Caitlin Ketcheson, Amy Ketcheson, Bethany Batterbee (Adam), Samuel Doty and Jesse Doty; three great-grandchildren, Saige, Kade and Elias Ketcheson; her niece Mary Jane Luther (Sandy Muller); as well as numerous other adoring nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband David, son Bruce and grandson Jason.

A memorial service will be held at University Retirement Community, 1515 Shasta Drive in Davis, at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1.

Special to The Enterprise

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

News

New mosaic mural reflects Peña family history

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
UC Davis biodigester hungers for food scraps, belches out electricity

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Fire damages Woodland home

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3

 
Davis Arts Center: See ceramics, join the Big Day of Giving

By Erie Vitiello | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Register to vote by May 19

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Birch Lane sells garden plants, veggies

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Team Blend hosts fundraiser for Nicaragua project

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A3

 
Sign up for enviro organizations during Earth Week

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Davis businesswoman presides over conference

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Bible fun featured at Parents’ Night Out

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

UCD to host premiere of autism documentary

By Cory Golden | From Page: A4

 
400 bikes go up for bids at UCD auction

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Fire crews gather for joint training

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
UFC hears from two local historians

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Church hosts discussion of mental health needs, services

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Sunder hosts campaign event for kids

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Fundraiser benefits Oakley campaign

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Odd Fellows host culinary benefit for nonprofit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
UC Davis conference showcases undergraduate research

By Julia Ann Easley | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Train to become a weather spotter

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Fly Fishers talk to focus on healthy streams, rivers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Learn survival skills at Cache Creek Preserve

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Veterans, internees may receive overdue diplomas

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

UCD professor to talk about new book

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Slow Food tour showcases area’s young farmers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

.

Forum

Will anyone notice?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
My votes reflect city values

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

I support Sunder for board

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
A plea on the Bard’s birthday

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

Sharing fire services has been a success

By Our View | From Page: A6

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

.

Sports

Seniors send Blue Devil girls past Broncos in a lacrosse rout

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Davis gets to Grant ace and rolls in DVC crucial

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Walchli is under par in another Devil victory

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
DHS/Franklin I goes to the Blue Devil softballers

By Chris Saur | From Page: B1 | Gallery

DHS thunders back to win an epic DVC volleyball match

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
 
Sharks go up 3-0 with OT win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

Baseball roundup: Rangers rally to beat A’s in the ninth

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
.

Features

Field to fork: El Macero’s chef offers spring tastes

By Dan Kennedy | From Page: A8 | Gallery

 
.

Arts

Biscuits ‘n Honey will play at winery

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
 
Five Three Oh! featured at April Performers’ Circle

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Celebrate spring at I-House on Sunday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Music, wine flow at Fourth Friday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Catharine ‘Kay’ Lathrop

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6