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Frances Flora (Green) Hyvonen

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Frances Flora Green Hyvonen, passed away peacefully in her sleep, in the early morning hours of March 16, 2019.  She was 93.

Frances was born unto Erin Green and Saima Alice Paavola Green on Jan. 6, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan.  She attended Detroit Public Schools, graduating in 1943.  After graduation, she was employed by American Airlines, booking travel for the Navy.  

In May, 1946 Frances accepted an invitation from her cousin, George Joki, at attend the DeMolay dance in Red Lodge, Montana, where she met Onni “Lucky” Hyvonen one of six brothers in the Prinkki/Hyvonen family.  They married, two weeks later on May 24, 1946.  

In October 1948 they welcomed the first born of their three children, Alice Adele.  Soon followed their son, Kenneth Andrew in February 1951; and Doreen Marie in May 1958.  

Later that same year, Onni and Frances bought the family farm in Fox, MT.  The couple operated a dairy and raised cattle.  In addition to working the farm, Frances served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Farms Corporation, as well as the Clerk for Fox School.

Cooking was a passion and well mastered skill.  Frances spent countless summers cooking meals for thrashers and hired hands.  Not a soul-stepped foot on the farm that wasn’t blessed by her cooking.  She enjoyed preparing Finn food, especially, Finn bread which she received many awards for.   Chores on the farm would cease to a halt when the words “ the bread is done” rang out.  All would race to have the first hot slice of bread smothered in churned butter.  Volunteering for the Festival of Nations was an annual priority.  Preparing bread and cheese; dancing and singing in Finn night, filled by her and her family proudly. 

The farm was her home – and allowed her to embrace her love for animals.  From cows, to Pomeranians, cats and canaries, her heart and her lap was always full. 

Frances was a long time member of the Willow Creek Neighbors Club, Red Lodge Senior Center and the Red Lodge Baptist Church.   One of France’s best known joys is the Thrift Shop at the Senior Center.  She volunteered as the manager for many years, often pushing her physical boundaries while loving every solitary moment.  

She was abundantly loving and giving of her time.  She enjoyed annual trips to Thermopolis Hot Springs taking a grandchild with her each time.  Whistling along with classical music or Willie Nelson the entire drive.   The memories and lessons instilled in us all has been and will forever be priceless.

There were many notable qualities of Frances.  Most importantly, she was a survivor.  She endured the loss of much gracefully.  The love of her life, Onni in 1984; her daughter Doreen in 1988; her son Kenneth in 2014; her first born grandchild, Valaree in 2015, her home in 2016 and was the last of the sisters in law.  

Frances was a strong willed woman, fiercely loyal and undoubtedly stubborn.  One would have no confusion which side of the fence you stood with her at any time.  She loved the Lord, Finn culture, animals and family.   She was the consummate perfectionist- she found solace in the details and fretted over many.  Classy and flawlessly put together daily, a beautiful lady with a dynamic smile.  

She was a leader, our Matriarch, Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma and recently Great Great Grandma.  She achieved everything she wanted, including joining Jesus in her sleep. 

Frances is survived by her daughter, Alice Hyvonen Salo (Dean) of San Diego, her daughter in law Mary Emmett Hyvonen (Kenneth) of the family farm, her grandson Jeffrey (Stephanie) Hyvonen of the family farm; her granddaughter Andrea Hyvonen Ransom (Scott) of Sherwood, Oregon, her granddaughter Alicia Phillips Schmalz (David) of Billings; along with her great grandchildren, Step brothers Roger Green and John Green; numerous cousins; life-long friends Judy Kothes and Leona Lampi; and many more who loved her.

A noteworthy lesson Frances once shared, “Do not be sad, this is not goodbye its see ya later.” And so, today we say to you, God rest your soul, we love you and will see you later. Visitation for Frances will be 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Monday, March 25 at Smith-Olcott. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Smith-Olcott Chapel. Interment to follow in Red Lodge Cemetery.

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