Frances Smith Tanner was born in Payson, Utah on July 30, 1946. Her parents are Barbara and Melvin (slim) Smith. Mom has four sisters Sara, Jeanne, Bunny and Lucy. She is also the mother of four sons, Tracy Skinner, Samuel Lund, David Tanner and Sydney Tanner. She has several grandchildren. Mom was a wonderful woman to know because as you knew her, you also knew exactly where you stood with her. She made no holds at expressing her thoughts, which is a valued family trait. She was also generous to a fault, and had a wonderful sense of humor. As a young woman she was strikingly beautiful, with gorgeous green eyes and dark chocolate hair. With her tall height and her thin frame she was an eye catching presence when she entered a room. To this day she would never acknowledge the beautiful woman she was.
In her life she was a professional seamstress and took great pride in her work and the company she worked for, Rocky Mountain Helicopters. She was very hard working and very talented in her profession. In fact, she would work with the helicopter designers to come up with a design for the interior of the helicopters, would create and implement the interior, which she would sew. It was truly unbelievable how talented she was to visualize, create, then install the color scheme for the entire interior of a helicopter. She was also nationally recognized for her design and talent.
She had the opportunity to travel abroad with her sisters, and when visiting with her, those trips were some of the highlights of her life. Throughout her life companions and friends came and went but she met David Seeley in the mid 90's and they had a wonderful life together for many years until he passed in 2007. They were always on the go, most of the time to a rodeo. Every weekend they were out and about. They were very active together and very happy together. They really loved each other.
Frances' four boys were her life; she would often say in conversation 'did you tell the boys? Or where are the boys?' She deeply loved her 'boys' and enjoyed re-living family practical jokes. She had many pets, but had a soft spot for bull dogs. Although mom lived in Santaquin all of her years, a new life presented itself in earlier 2011 when she was working at her sisters theater in Ely, Nevada. She thoroughly enjoyed her new found freedom working in Ely. She was more joyful and happy this last year than anyone could remember. She passed while in Ely, peacefully resting on September 23rd 2011. She now joins her one true love David Seeley, on to the next rodeo! We love you mom.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 29th at 11:00 am at the Holladay Brown Funeral Home, 66 South 300 East, Santaquin, where family will greet friends one hour prior to services. Burial, Santaquin City Cemetery.