Stella N. Franches died peacefully in the company of family on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Born June 18, 1927, her name means “star” and she carried the duty of that light throughout her life. An independent woman with a successful career, she was also a family leader.
Stella worked for First Security Bank in Tooele and then Salt Lake City for 42 years. Stella’s work ethic and belief in an American dream opened the door on that opportunity for her Greek immigrant family.
During the 1960s, she greatly enjoyed working part-time at Adrien ‘n Emilie boutique in Salt Lake City, where she developed her unique fashion sense.
She lived comfortably, even elegantly, in Salt Lake City’s Marmalade Hills neighborhood.
She is predeceased by her parents, Nicholas and Giannoula Franches; and her seven sisters, Bessie Kulias, Tula Kosta, Helen Douvris, Mary Cotsifas, Virginia Franches, Sophia Allcott and Tessie Cox. She was the last surviving Tooele Franches sister.
Known affectionately as Aunt Stella, she leaves behind three generations of nieces and nephews. We remember her for her smile and for the sound of her laughter. We want to especially thank her niece, Geneve Cromar, for her dedication to Aunt Stella during the last few years of her life.
Thanks to the staff of The Wellington assisted living center and Comfort Worx hospice services for their extraordinary care.
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Tooele City Cemetery.