Frances Jean (Fay) Shuler, age 95, was lifted into the arms of Jesus on July 27, 2020 after a short stay at Whatcom Hospice House. Frances was born on May 15, 1925 to John and Gunda (Ledfors) Fay. She had five sisters and one brother. Frances grew up on a farm in Rugby, North Dakota. She learned to work hard, sing, sew, and read vehemently. Frances became an elementary teacher and at the age of 24 she met Maynard Bruce Shuler, a new single teacher in town. After six weeks of knowing each other, they became engaged and were married June 5, 1949. They both coached basketball and France’s girls team took first in state.
Frances and “Bruce” had six children together. After moving from North Dakota to Spokane, WA, they eventually settled in Lynden, WA. Frances loved her babies, six in eight years, and stayed home to help raise them up.
Frances was a leader of many clubs her children were involved in; 4H, Campfire, Boy Scouts. She attended most events that her children participated in from sports, music, plays, recitals, fundraisers, and speaking engagements.
Frances was most known for her generosity. She shared food and baked for people she had never met. There were always extra kids at the dinner table. She shared hugs and words of encouragement to so many. She never met a stranger. She was always sincerely interested in knowing you. She supported individuality and always shared her faith.
Frances and Bruce raised their family in the Methodist Church. She had so many faithful friends through this church as well as at her last home at Meadow Greens. She sang in church choir and with Hymn Singers until this year. She loved to dance; her and Bruce could dance a swinging Jitterbug.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband M. Bruce Shuler (2010) and her son Randy Shuler (2019), as well as her sisters Helen and Betty and her brother Frank Fay.
Frances is survived by her five children and her grandchildren: Tim and Betty Shuler; Ryan (Emily), Beth (Erik) Krause, and Michelle Greenberg (Steve); Dan and Debbie Shuler; Jenny Shuler and Loch Clark; Brent (Jill) Egbert, Kelsey (Noah) Merl, Andy Clark, and Ben Clark. Dave Shuler. Lori and Ken Libolt; Kristen (Jesse) Nelson, Josh (Maddy) Libolt, Jami Jo (David) Pash. Frances had eight great grandchildren; Amelia, Finnegan, Sierra, Easton, Memphis, Hendrix, Maxine, and Bodi.
Frances’s outlook on life can be summarized in one of her favorite sayings; “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain” — Vivian Greene
A private family graveside service will be held at the Ten Mile Cemetery. A public viewing will be Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Gilles Funeral Home, 202 Front St., Lynden (masks required).
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Whatcom Hospice House: 2901 Squalicum Parkway Bellingham WA, 98225. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.