92, Margaree Centre

With broken hearts we announce the passing of Frances Anne MacDonald on May 26, 2013 at home surrounded by family after a brief illness.

Born in Big Intervale, Cape Breton, on April 1, 1921, Frances was the daughter of the late Roderick and Rachel (Ross) MacKay.

Most of Frances life was spent in Margaree except for a few years when she and her husband, Donald, lived in Brooklyn, NS, where he worked at the fish hatchery. A loving, caring and generous person, Frances was sustained by her Christian faith and was a long-time member of the United Church and a life member of Big Intervale United Church Women. For many years she was the organist at Big Intervale Church. Her caring showed in the many people that boarded at their home, whether for school or work. She was also a founding member of N. E. Margaree Senior Citizens Group. She enjoyed immensely her bed and breakfast for many years, as she was such a people person. Her other passions were knitting, quilting, crocheting and travel. Her weekly card games with her friends were a key part of her life. Family and friends often delighted in her accounts of the history of Margaree people and beyond.

Frances is survived by her son, Lorne (Cheryl), Margaree Centre; grandchildren, Melanie (Chris) Graten, Christena (Alex) Green and Jillian (Tony) Bonang; great grandchildren, MacKenzie, Jamie, Leela and Seth, also, foster son, Donnie MacKinnon, grandchildren, Philip, Joanna, Matthew (Marlene), Alisha, and Karley (Delores). She is also survived by sister-in-law, Jean MacDonald Burns, MA and several nieces and nephews that were so fond of Frances.

Besides her parents, Frances was predeceased by her husband, Donald in 1984, brother and sister-in-law, Neil and Mae MacKay, sister and brother-in-law, Hughena and Wetmore Ingraham, in-laws, Gordon and Susan (Ross) MacDonald, Peggy and Bill Dyson, Martha and Ross MacKinnon, Bob Burns, Ross and Rachel MacDonald; and nephews, Sheldon and Graham MacKay.

Visitation for the late Frances Anne MacDonald will be held Tuesday, May 28, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Wilson United Church Hall, Margaree Centre. Funeral service to celebrate the life of Frances Anne MacDonald will be held on Wednesday, May 29 at 2 p.m. in Wilson United Church with Norma Mills, DLM officiating. Burial will take place in the Congregational Cemetery, Margaree Centre.

Donations in memory of Frances may be made to the Wilson United Church Building Fund, North Inverness Palliative Care Society, Sacred Heart Hospital or charity of choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

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I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to you all. Because of my aunt Mae, we got to know Frances, and know her as "aunt Fran", that’s what we all called her. I am sorry that I was unable to attend the wake or funeral because of work, but I am so glad we got to have such a nice visit with her a few months ago. She was so interesting to talk to, and had such a zest for life. I’m sure she will be deeply missed.
Sincerely, Cathy MacKinnon, West Lake Ainslie

Lorne My thoughts and pryers are with you and you family today.you will always have beautiful memories o cherrish and they are never far from us.
From:  Ainslie and Sharon Hart

We were saddened to hear the news of Dear Frances’s passing. She was a Wonderful Friend and will be missed by all the hearts that she has touched. Sending sincere condolences to Lorne, Cheryl, and family. Another Angel has been sent to heaven. Rest in peace Dear Frances.
Love & God Bless; Jane, Brent, and Marian

We would like to extend our deepest heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this time. May she rest in peace.
From:  Laird & Margaret Burton

Lorne and Family, Please accept my sincere condolances on the death of your Mom.I have so many fond memories of my childhood in Margaree at the cottage and at your home…ones I shall never forget.God bless you all.
From:  Susan Scammell Csontos

To the family of the late Frances MacDonald, Our deepest condolences are sent as you mourn the loss of your mother, grandmother, aunt, and our special friend. France’s was just like a grandmother to us. She had an impact on the three generations of the Marple family. We will miss our many visits to her place, and the many laughs we had. All I know we have one special Maragree angel watching over us right now, and I thank god that I was able to be apart of Frances life for 23 years, and moms life for 49 years. God bless you all, and please know we are praying for you all.
From:  Jonathan & Carolyn Robinson (Marple)