Frances J. Storlie
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August 23, 1925 ~ June 11, 2015

Frances J. Storlie passed away in her sleep on 6/11/2015 at the age of 89. Born in Lodi, CA, she spent her childhood as a migrant until her family settled in Clark Co. in 1937. In 1946, she married Alton (Bill) Storlie, and together they raised Suzanne (Koch) Storlie and Timothy Storlie. She leaves behind her older brother Bill, her younger sister Lorraine, her two children, and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great, grandchildren (far too many to list).

Frances was a poetic wordsmith, scholar, author, teacher, and human rights activist. She was a sensitive, brilliant, and compassionate soul. Generous to a fault, she was a Christian, prayer warrior, and Democrat who championed equality, mercy, and social justice. Complex and powerful, Frances was a woman who kept her word-a woman of integrity who lived by a high moral standard. Devoted to doing what was right, she had a passion for helping people in need. A fierce advocate for women and children, the poor and the neglected, she extolled the virtues of fairness, honesty, responsibility, sharing with those in need, education, and hard-work.

A graduate of Clark College's first nursing class in 1962, "Frankie" then earned a BSN from the U of O, a Master's Degree in Nursing Ed. from OHSU in 1967, and a PhD in Urban Studies from PSU in 1976. A prolific writer, Dr. Storlie wrote a book of poems, 4 nursing text books (including the award-winning Nursing and the Social Conscience), and 124 professional journal articles. In 1973, Frances was selected as a Charter Member of the American Academy of Nursing, representing Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. She also served as the nurse editor for the Heart and Lung Journal during its inaugural year of 1976.

Dr. Storlie served as faculty for the graduate schools of Arizona State Univ. and the Univ. of Nevada, helped organize adult nurse practitioner programs, and taught 75 courses in electrocardiography. In 1978, she received an award from the American Assoc. of Critical Care Nurses. That same year, the Clark College Alumni Association honored her with the Outstanding Alumni Award in recognition of her exceptional service to Clark College, exemplary service to the community, and personal and professional achievements. She became one of the first licensed/accredited Nurse Practitioners in Oregon (1981) and spent the last years of practice as a clinical director and nurse practitioner in Vancouver, WA.

In 1986, after learning fluent Spanish, Frances embarked on over 40 medical missions to Mexico, Central and S. America including the So. Pole! She also spent several weeks on the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina volunteering for the American Red Cross, providing first aid for volunteers, and serving food in the soup kitchen.

Dr. Storlie "retired" in 1998, but remained an activist for patient rights. In later years, her "pride and joy" was helping to establish a free healthcare clinic in Biloxi, Mississippi-a project she continued to support for the remainder of her life. For Frances, her family, faith, and medical practice were her life. She loved to sing, play harmonica, give gifts, and support her favorite charities-Share House, the Salvation Army, and others. Placing little value on material possessions, she possessed a depth of knowledge and compassion rarely equaled. A mother who loved her children every day of their lives, who sang to them when they were sick, she taught them to strive to live an authentic, ethical life of purpose, meaning, and service. It's such a cliché, but the world really is a better place because she was here.

In her final years, Frances often grieved over "the mechanization of medicine" and the subsequent deterioration of personal aspects of caring for the sick. Her spare time was spent with family, friends at the Firstenberg Center, and her beloved four-legged friends. She loved tending her roses, going for walks, enjoyed scenic drives, browsing bookstores, and going out for coffee, ice cream, or a cheeseburger.

A private family ceremony will be held at Park Hill Cemetery, Vancouver, WA to honor this extraordinary woman, inspiring role model, nurse, warrior, and mother who - to the end of her days - believed that patient care was an affair of the heart.

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Published in The Columbian on Jun. 21, 2015.
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June 15, 2020
I think of you so often, Mom, and still wish I could pick up the phone and talk to you. There are a hundred things each new season that remind me of youthe things you loved about each season, the flowers, colors, decorations, baked goods, and holiday eventsall the ways you brought it to life and passed on to us traditions we still enjoy as the seasons roll by! Thank you again, Mom, for your love, care, tenacity and testimony! Miss You and all of it! me❤❤
Suzane Koch
June 26, 2015
Aunt Frankie, was always one of my favorites!
She helped me in so many ways, as a new wife and mother!
Loved her very much!
Shirley Tunsen
June 25, 2015
What a delightful woman Francis was, so kind caring and inspiring, she will be missed.
Colleen Luckey-Carrell
June 24, 2015
I so love the expression "tiny powerhouse". That she was. She was quick to give her opinion and quick to show you love and laughter. I have missed her not being in class and thought about her often. I am glad she is at peace now. All her classmates in our "Silver" exercise group miss her too. She loved bringing cookies and cupcakes to share with class and as she put it, "They were the good kind". I want your family to know that so many of her classmates have let me know after reading her obituary how impressed by her life and accomplishments they were. Bless you and your family. I will miss your Frances, thank you for being my friend.
Tammy Jones
June 23, 2015
We only knew Frances (Frankie) in retirement as we enjoyed fitness classes together, coffee and birthday cards at the bagel place, and parties in each other's homes. We loved her and cherish our memories of the fun times we had. Dave and Alexis Mason
Dave and Alexis Mason
June 23, 2015
What an incredible women!!! So thankful she's inspiring others now in Heaven!!! May all find comfort in strength in knowing she's living her dream and calling now
Tami Hungerford
June 22, 2015
Tim we are saddened by the passing of your Mom. Want you to know we are thinking of you .
Ms. Patton, Tony and Scott
June 21, 2015
For over 50 years I have been so Thankful for the wonderful nursing care Frances Storlie gave my mother as she was dying of cancer. That name has always been in my prayers that this wonderful caring and loving women would have health and peace in her career.. OH MY how wonderful her life has been. Blessings to both of you children of a true Saint!
Sue Purser-McDonald
June 21, 2015
I was always aware of your extraordinary talent and passion--your research and work in nursing was phenomenal--but to me you were just Mom...and that, in my charmed childhood, was my whole world! Thank you, Mom. I miss you!
Suzane Koch
June 21, 2015
Somewhere in the late 60's I was a student of Dr. Storlie as she taught one of the first courses in Coronary Care for Nurses in the USA. I was a staff nurse in Salem, Oregon at the time and the course was 3 weeks in length. It marked the beginning of my 50 year professional life in Nursing. She was a tiny powerhouse whose energy and contribution to Nursing paved the way for nurses who wanted to excel in the specialty of cardiology. Before Dr. Storley there was no specialty. It was a Nursing "First".
I remember those 3 weeks as though they were yesterday and I count myself very lucky to have been educated along my path by one of the true pioneers of Nursing. What a blessed life she lived and I will always remember her.
Nancy Forman
June 21, 2015
Sue and Tim
Wonderful write-up on your mother. I remember her only as your mom who was also a nurse when we were growing up. You are in my prayers.
Patti Martinson (Harter)
Patti Martinson
June 21, 2015
Frances was such an active force in our community, especially with her expertise in Health care. She will be missed.
Kaye Shattuck
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