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Prolific volunteer, 76, also served for many years at West Linn Historical Society

COURTESY PHOTO: CCHS - Franny Heald, who died May 23, often could be found over the years volunteering at the front desk of the Clackamas County Historical Society museum in Oregon City.Clackamas County Historical Society was saddened to learn of the May 23 death of one of its volunteers and dear friends, Franny Heald, 76.

Waldo McGinnis, CCHS marketing director, said Heald had a passion for history, as demonstrated by her years of service at both the Museum of the Oregon Territory and the Stevens-Crawford Heritage House in Oregon City. In addition to volunteering with CCHS, she also was very involved with the West Linn Historical Society, where she participated in such programs as the Living History Tour and the Radio Show.

"Franny was beloved at CCHS, and we're all missing her terribly," McGinnis said.

In her time as a CCHS volunteer, the West Linn resident often went above and beyond in her work, McGinnis said. At the Stevens-Crawford Heritage House, Heald dedicated herself to researching the more esoteric artifacts at the house, writing visitor guides that would allow guests a vivid glimpse into the Edwardian era.

"At MOOT many recognized Franny as a friendly face behind the lobby desk, and when she wasn't greeting visitors she was helping maintain the CCHS collection, particularly the textiles," McGinnis said.

Heald was cremated by Neptune Cremation Services. Find a place to leave condolences on their website under her legal name Janice Lynette Heald.


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