Frances Heaverlo has roots in Seattle that date back to the 1890’s when her grandfather settled
in the Georgetown neighborhood where he was head brewmaster for the old Rainier Brewery,
then known as Seattle Brewing Co., on Airport Way.
Born in Seattle, Washington, Frances grew up in the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood attending John
B. Allen Grade School, Lincoln High School, and the University of Washington.
At the age of 4 she started dancing with the Douglas Teeny Weenies, with one of her first
appearances on stage at the opening of the 5th Avenue Theater. Over the years her talents
continued to grow as she also learned to play accordion and organ and performed at the
Orpheum, Paramount, Music Hall, Metropolitan, and Pantages.
As a professional dancer and dance teacher she traveled the Northwest Circuit, including
Vancouver, BC., as well as performing for the Troops during World War II. In her adult years, she
made radio and TV commercials, movies, and modeled - including runway, tearoom, wholesale,
and photo stills.
Frances was active in Alpha Delta Pi Sorority at the UW, serving in various Advisor capacities with
the Active Chapter. Additionally, she was a member of the Women’s University Club (WUC) and
was proud of her time as president of the club during the 1970’s.
Frances was happily married to James Heaverlo for 59 ½ years and during this time they raised a
family, ran several businesses, and traveled extensively throughout the western United States,
Mexico, Central America, and Canada in their Piper Cherokee 180 plane.
During their flying days Frances and Jim were members and officers of Washington Pilots and the
Seattle AOPA, the National AOPA, and the Ninety Nines, Inc.
A caring mother her whole life, at age 101 she was intent on helping her son Jim recover after his
upcoming hip replacement surgery this spring. We know she will be there in spirit.
Frances is survived by her son Jim, granddaughters, Alexa and Daria and great grandchildren,
Griffin, Jackson, and Eva.