Holley Mary Francis (Cownden) passed away at the Travelers Lodge in Nanaimo BC on September 11, 2008. Fran was predeceased by her husband Bob in 1999. Born in Edmonton, Alberta on September 30, 1916. Fran was a long time resident of Nanaimo arriving in 1953.
She will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Maureen Holley of Vancouver, Patricia Diaczuk of Duncan and Rosemary Holley of Nanaimo; sons, Gerry of Kamloops, Michael (Suzanne) of Ladysmith and John (Deborah) of Saltair; 12 grandchildren, Ann Marie, David, Shane, Bryan, Kristyna, Jared, Sarah, Jordan, Amanda, Lyndsay, Shaw and Christopher; and 3 great grandchildren; Felicia, Griffin, and Jessalyn. Her brother Walter (Mavis) Cownden, sisters in law Elva and Lucille and numerous nieces and nephews of Victoria.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held at Bethlehem Retreat Centre in Nanaimo on Wednesday September 17 at 1:30 pm.
Special thanks to the staff of the Nanaimo Travellers Lodge and Dr. Kathryn King for the exceptional care Fran received. The family would also like to thank the many friends who visited Fran over the years, with special thanks to Joan Godley and Muriel Allen. We would also like to thank Theresa Thompson for her love, kindness and support. We know Fran thought of you as her fourth daughter.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Bethlehem Retreat Center, 2371 Arbot Rd. Nanaimo, BC V9R 5K3