DENVER, Colo. — Frances Ellen DeVore, age 74, died on March 6, 2017, in Denver, Colorado, following a two-year struggle with cancer.

She was born on July 27, 1942, in Bluffton, and lived on a farm near Pandora as the youngest of five children of Howard and Lillian (Seitz) DeVore, both deceased. Frances graduated from Pandora-Gilboa High School in 1960 and from The Ohio State University in 1966 with a degree in Health Education. She obtained a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, Texas, in 1970.

From 1972 to 1995, Frances lived on a cattle ranch in Arlee, Montana, and later in Missoula. She lived in Boise, Idaho, from 1995 to 2014, when she moved to Denver, Colorado, to be closer to her daughter.

Frances had a life-long career in health education. She worked at the Missoula County Health Department, Planned Parenthood, and Carewise, Inc., in Missoula. She also worked at Healthwise in Boise, Idaho. She had a special knack for using her writing skill to raise awareness regarding how to be an informed healthcare consumer. During the course of her career, her irreverent sense of humor helped her form lasting friendships with a number of wise women whose counsel, wit, and support she valued tremendously.

Frances is survived by her daughter, Lillian Alves (husband Todd Bane) of Denver, granddaughter Bridget Bane, sisters Lois Vinge of Sutton, Nebraska, and Mary Ann DeVore of San Marcos, Texas, and brother Robert DeVore of Carson City, Nevada. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, George DeVore, who died in childhood, and Howard DeVore of Twentynine Palms, California.

Services were held on Monday, March 13, at the Park Hill United Church of Christ, Denver, Colorado.

Frances loved beautiful flowers and plants and wanted to serve as a witness for justice and social action. Donations in her memory may be made to the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712, or the Boise First Congregation United Church of Christ, 2201 Woodlawn Avenue, Boise, ID 83702.