|Birth: ||Aug. 6, 1916|
|Death: ||May 8, 2008|
Excerpt from memorial service held Saturday, August 9, 2008 at the First Congregational Church, 121 W. Foster Street, Melrose, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts:
Born August 6, 1916 in Lynn, Massachusetts. Passed away Thursday, May 8, 2008 at Riverside Terrace in Beloit, Wisconsin at the age of 91.
Frances leaves her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Lynda Graham of Beloit, Wisconsin and her sister, Miriam (Jones) Sfinas of North Attleboro, Massachusetts and many loving friends.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Robert F. Graham in 1967, her loving sisters, Ruth Isabelle (Jones) Parece of Dracut, Massachusetts and Paula Fredericka (Jones) Theroux of Stoneham, Massachusetts.
She was a resident of Melrose for more than 40 years, a devoted member and strong supporter of the First Congegational Church of Melrose for 52 years, and a avid member of Circle 18.
She worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C. during WWII, later as secretary for the First Congregational Church in Melrose, and from 1970 until her 72nd birthday in Accounting for Automatic Radio of Malden, Massachusetts.
She was born into an era of closer family ties than we experience in society today. She was very proud of her Irish heritage and felt very strongly about family unity and support. During her first year at Plymouth (NH) Normal school, her father, Paul F. Jones, died unexpectedly. Her family needed some additional support and Fran gave up college and a career as a teacher to come home and work to help support the family. Frances was a warm, caring and outgoing person who was always willing to extend her time and resources to help a friend or family member. She grew up and lived her early life during difficult times experiencing the hardships and deprivations of WWI, the Depression and WWII. Those times seemed to help shape her strong character, self reliance and independent nature.
She and her late husband of 20+ years, Bob, enjoyed many wonderful experiences together camping, fishing, photography and enjoying the natural beauties of New England. She always loved photography, card games with friends, Scrabble, Sunday mystery rides, the out of doors, road trips and even wrote a pamphlet chronicling a road trip west she took in 1937, entitled "Seeing America First." Fran learned to enjoy all the different things about life both great and small and often commented in later years that she had had a good life. We should all be able to say the same.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the Staff at Riverside Terrace and Beloit Memorial Hospital for the caring and thoughtful care given to Frances which provided her with such a good quality of life during her final years.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on August 9th at the First Congregational Church of Melrose. She will be interred in the family plot at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose [which will be conducted separately in a private ceremony]. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the First Congregational Church.
Paul Frederick Jones (1892 - 1935)
Isabella Margaret Bates Jones (1892 - 1952)
Robert Frederick Graham (1908 - 1967)
Isabelle Bates Jones (1913 - 1913)*
Miriam B Jones Sfinas (1915 - 2013)*
Frances Clarissa Jones Graham (1916 - 2008)
Ruth Isabelle Jones Parece (1918 - 2003)*
Paula Fredericka Jones Theroux (1920 - 1999)*
Created by: Cheryl (Theroux) Whitica...
Record added: Jul 15, 2008
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