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Transition underway at Frenchman Valley Co-op PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Rahn

Managing Editor

After 20 years behind the counter at the co-op, Kathy Deaver is retiring to “play.” She said she wants to spend more time with her husband, Dave, and enjoy gardening with him. The Deaver garden is one of the best summer attractions in Grant.

Deaver began her career with Grant Co-op Exchange in the mid-80s. 

Following a four-year hiatus to live in Stapleton, they returned to Grant, and she to her same job in the fall of 2002, which by then had changed to Frenchman Valley Co-op. 

 Deaver will retire on Tuesday, Dec. 22. An open house will be held in her honor throughout the day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Friends, customers and business associates are invited to stop in to wish her well and enjoy a cake reception.

 “I’ve enjoyed my job, so it’s kind of tough (to retire) but I want to enjoy my family,” said Deaver. “I have enjoyed the people and it has been a good experience.” 

 lready in training since Nov. 23, and poised to take over is Connie Skeels. 

Skeels has a long history of working with the public. She comes to Frenchman Valley Co-op from Hatch’s Super Foods after five years there. 

Locals also know her from being in customer service at the hardware store for two-and-a-half years as well working for a short period at Deaver Computer. 

She owned “Friends and Company” restaurant in downtown Grant after departing from a long career of having her own hair salon.

Stop in anytime and greet the friendly women behind the counter at Frenchman Valley.