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Frances Catherine Caron

January 24, 1921 - January 3, 2014


Frances Caron, 92, of Nelson, BC passed away Friday, January 3rd, 2014.

Catherine Frances Howie was born in Montreal, Quebec in on January 24th, 1921.

She was the first generation born in Canada of the late Thomas and Katie Howie of Rothesay and Clydebank, Scotland. Her dear brother Robert Howie predeceased her.

After attending Ste Agathe Academy, she graduated from Pointes-Aux-Trembles High School. Upon graduation she worked for Sun Life Assurance of Canada, in one of the first ever computer data entry departments, and served as a WREN in World War II. A lifelong dream was fulfilled when, at 60 years old, she earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from McGill University.

Frances married the late Dr. Richard E. Caron in September of 1944 and lived for 30 years in Ste. Agathe des Monts, Quebec. Frances worked with her husband managing his medical practice, while being very active in the community and a mother of six. She loved to ski and play golf, and especially loved her musical family, singing in her beautiful soprano voice at every opportunity. Her rendition of “It’s the Biggest Aspidastra in the World” wowed them at local fundraisers. The family spent a life-changing year in Rwanda in 1965, and her love of travel later took her to Europe, the UK and Hawaii.

Her work at Mt Sinai Hospital as a medical social worker began in 1966.  A move to Nelson, BC in 1985 brought her closer to family; she was the head of the Social Work Department at Kootenay Lake District Hospital where she worked until she retired. She was an active volunteer, and a enthusiastic participant in the University Women’s Club and the Book Club. Frances attended Unitarian Fellowships wherever possible.

She was a snowbird, spending 15 winters in Lake Havasu City, Arizona where she had many friends and hosted a legendary “it’s five o’clock somewhere” party most evenings.

Frances was admired for her positive attitude, and her joie de vivre. She maintained many warm and close lifelong friendships. Hero, mentor, advisor, confidante and friend were some of the many hats she wore as the matriarch of a large and loving family.

Frances is survived by her six children, Richard (Christiane), Tom (Laura), Bob (Brenda), Ellen (Joe), Julie and Andrew (Maureen) as well as 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Frances’s life will be held at the Thompson Funeral Home in Nelson, BC on Saturday, January 11th at 2 PM. There will be a graveside service in the summer in Ste. Agathe des Monts, where she wished her ashes to be placed with those of the love her life, her husband. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nelson Chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women.

 The family would like to thank Dr. Margaret McIntyre, Bev Scott, Nelson Home Support and all the wonderful caregivers at Jubilee Manor for their kind and compassionate care.

As Frances would say, “Ta ta the noo.”




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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Christiane Claude
Relation: Wife of family member

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam

From: Peter Clement
Relation: A friend of Julie

My deepest sympathies for your family’s irreplaceable loss. May you all find comfort in your memories of Frances before long. She was an amazing person, full of love and living.

From: Vicki Toth
Relation: We know Ellen and Joe Torrence

Ellen and Joe – I saw this on Facebook and wanted to tell you that we are so sorry to hear about your Mom. We had the pleasure of meeting her at your home and she was an incredible woman. May all the wonderful memories of her help to comfort you in the days and weeks ahead. Love to you all.

Vicki and Jim Toth

From: Brenda Doucette
Relation: daughter in law

My sincere condolences to the Caron Family, Frances will long be remembered by us all and she will live on in all of you. She loved you all very much and was loved by many.

From: G. Julian Sargisson
Relation: Friend of Bobby and Ellen

The last time I saw Frances was in 1966. A lot of water under the bridge since then, and while it is always sad when someone like her passes, it sounds like she lived a full and productive life to the end. I will always remember your warm and welcoming family home in Ste. Agathe and the music you all made. Cheers! “Sarge”

From: Heather & Jacques LeCavalier
Relation: Friends of Bob's

We only met Frances a couple of times here in Kelowna, but fittingly, both times it was at a party with a lot of music and singing, Frances and son Bob at the very heart of it. From Bob’s stories, sounds like she packed several lifetimes’ worth of living, loving and laughing in her almost-century–and changing many lives for the better in the process. Our thoughts are with you, Bob, and the whole family. A great life has ended, but so much of Frances lives on. Take care. Heather, Ali, Julia, Jacques

From: Roger ward
Relation: Through Bob Caron

Condolences to Bob, and all the other members of this wonderful family

From: Doucette Family
Relation: Brother in law of Robert (Son)

Bob and family, we were very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Greif is always very difficult to deal with under all circumstances. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours…Doucette Family

From: Don Plant
Relation: Friend of son Bob

Sorry to hear about your loss, Bob and family. She sounded like a real force in this world. I’m sure you’re all proud of who she was and grateful for the time you spent with her.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
January 11, 2014
Beginning at 2:00pm

Chapel of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L1T2

613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L1T2

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:
Nelson Chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women, Attention: Frances Welwood

1806 Ridgewood Road

Nelson, BC

V1L 6J9

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