January 16, 2013
Frances J. Milhous passed away Jan. 5, 2013, in Nevada City, Calif. She was 90.
Services will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at the First Baptist Church, 1866 Ridge Road, Grass Valley, Calif. Andy Owens will be officiating.
Frances was born Aug. 19, 1922, to Giuseppina Grosso and Giuseppe Baudino in Bakersfield, Calif. She married Oliver Milhous, May 17, 1940. Frances and Oliver spent their earlier years farming and milking dairy cows in Lindsay, Calif., a part of the San Joaquin Valley. In the early 1950s, they moved to North San Juan and purchased a large parcel of property. They initially ran small businesses raising beef cattle, driving tractor, selling eggs and more, as well as caring for their land and riding horses on the property. All this while Oliver worked in the local sawmills.
In the late 1950s, they decided to open their home to foster children while continuing the ranch operation. Many children called the ranch their home during those years. In the 1960s, they wanted to share more of the ranch they loved, so it transitioned into a summer camp for children, while they continued to care for foster children. In 1968, Oliver and Frances, along with their two sons, Richard and Frank, and family, started a treatment center for neglected boys on the operational ranch. They learned responsibility and caring, gained life skills and learned how to be a part of a family and community. Today that undertaking has grown to include four more homes in Sacramento and employs more than 200 people — this is also known as Milhous Children’s Services and presently employees 170 local workers on the ranch in Nevada City.
Frances was very involved in her local community churches through the years, was inducted with her husband Oliver into the Nevada County Fairgrounds Hall of Fame, was a holder of season tickets to the Nevada City Theater and was a member of the local Farm Bureau, 4-H, Horseman’s and Jr. Horseman’s clubs, as well as Grass Valley Travel Club and Native Daughters, just to name a few. She always supported kids in all of their local fundraising ventures. She loved music, dance, travel, birds, flowers, animals, kids, friends and her family.
She is survived by her sons, Richard and Frank Milhous of Nevada City; granddaughters Christine Bezaire of Roseville and Teresa Petrie of Nevada City; grandsons Brian Milhous of Nevada City and Roy Milhous of La Pine, Ore.; 10 great-grandchildren; and five foster children.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Milhous, in 1995.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice of the Foothills.
All arrangements are being made by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.