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In Memoriam: Francine Lynch (May 9, 1933 – Jan. 14, 2024)

Francine (Deanie) Lynch, 90 of Silverton, Oregon passed away peacefully on Jan. 14, 2024. She was born May 9, 1933 in Wolbach, Nebraska to Arnold and Ella Marcoe. She was the couple’s fourth child out of seven children. 

At age ten, her family moved to Oregon. She attended Silverton High School and graduated in 1951. Also in 1951, Francine married Albert Lynch. They were married for 40 years and had two children before his death in 1991.

Francine was active in community and church events. She was a lifelong member of the Silverton Methodist Church. She was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader. She also volunteered at Silverton Hospital at the gift shop and welcome desk, and for the Meals on Wheels program. In her later years, she sewed patterns on thousands of sack lunch bags for the Silverton Community Assistance program. She worked for the local telephone company and then had a small craft business in her home. She enjoyed gardening, traveling with family to England and Ireland, family get-togethers, and especially the cousin campouts.

She is survived by her son, Michael Lynch of Salem; granddaughters, Kari Martin and Ashley Lynch of Salem; great grandsons, Dylan Martin of Boston, and Brenden Martin of Florida; sister, Jody Debacon of Mount Angel; and brother, Arnold Marcoe of Salem; as well as many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ella Olsen; father, Arnold Marcoe; husband, Albert Lynch; daughter, Debi Martin; brothers, Russell and David Marcoe of Silverton; and sisters, Nancy Elder of Silverton, and Beverly Haslebacher of Salem.

Graveside services will be held Friday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at Valley View Cemetery in Silverton. A Celebration of Life will be held at Silverton United Methodist Church on Saturday,
Feb. 3 at 11:00 a.m.  Contributions may be made to the Cancer Society or the Silverton Alumni scholarship fund.

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