PRICE - Frances Mezek Mallard, age 94, passed away March 28, 2011 at her home in Price.
She was born in Sunnyside on March 12, 1917 to Frank and Francis Lotrich Mezek.
Frances was baptized in their community Catholic Church. The family later moved to Price. On April 4, 1959 she married the late Robert S. Mallard. They enjoyed 50 wonderful and very full years of life together. She was a longtime resident of Price. Frances graduated from Beauty College before working many years for Kelly Drug Store's Cosmetics Department. Frances was a proud and active 60 year member of the SNPJ lodge #113. She and her husband enjoyed their cabin in Scofield, snowmobiling, boating and fishing. Camping with the Good Sam's club was a favorite memory.
Frances enjoyed travel, good food, socializing with her many friends, always with laughter and a gleam in her eye. She cherished spending time with her family. Frances was a beloved homemaker and hostess. Everyone received a warm welcome at her home. Her family has fond memories of Thanksgiving dinners and the Slovenian Potica and struedel she made with loving hands. Frances was a very active member of the Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church.
For many years she volunteered for the Altar Society. Her gracious service and loving kindness to all will surely be missed by those who knew and loved her. Although she was not blessed with having children, she treated nieces and nephews as if they were her own. Annual visits to Lagoon and the Shriner's Circus became a tradition. Nieces enjoyed buying trips to Salt Lake City. Each child felt unique and special in her presence.
Survived by her siblings, Rudy Mezek and Mary Mezek Smith; nephew and nieces, Robert, Larry and Jerry Smith; Debra (Don) Borba; Jay (Chris) Mezek; Beckie Sanchez. Her family brought great joy to her.
Preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert S. Mallard on Oct. 19, 2008; brother, Frank S. Mezek; sisters-in-law, Shanna Rae Mezek and Irene Mezek; brother-in-law, Vurge Jacob Smith.
Funeral Mass, Friday, April 1, 2011, 11:30 a.m. Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church. Vigil service, Thursday evening 7 p.m. Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will receive friends Thursday and Friday one hour prior to service. Committal, Price City Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are welcome daily and may share memories of Frances online at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.
Memorial offerings may be made to the Notre Dame Building Fund.