Family and friends are saddened by the death of Frances Anne (O’Keefe)
Lawrence on October 19, 2019 at Hotel Dieu of St. Joseph Hospital.
She will always be missed and lovingly remembered by her husband
Wayne, son Allison (Maria), daughter Sandra (Chris) Turner,
grandchildren Kaleb, Jakey and Callie, sister Mary (Ted)
O’Keefe-Robak, brother John (Linda) O’Keefe, sisters-in
law, Bonita (Edward) Hanscomb and Carolyn (Winston) Craig.
Frances was a woman of abiding faith who walked in grace. Her calm,
gentle manner ensured that she was first to offer a comforting word to
anyone in need. She was no stranger to difficulty and challenge
herself. As a child, she mourned her beloved father and namesake, Dr.
Francis (Frank) O’Keefe, and carried the sadness of his death
throughout her life. Yet this tragic event, in part, shaped her as the
tender, compassionate woman she became. In 2005, her dear mother,
Marjorie, died, but not before passing on solid values, eternal faith,
and unending hope to Frances, Mary and John.
Frances and Wayne laid enduring cornerstones of love and respect when
they married in 1977. Her greatest joys came from being Wayne’s wife,
the mother of Allison and Sandra, and most especially being
“Nana” to Kaleb, Callie, and Jakey. She was very proud of
all of them and was their greatest cheerleader and comforter during
good and difficult times.
Frances’ mind was sharp; her family, friends, and colleagues at the
Mental Health Clinic in Perth-Andover, enjoyed her lively, quick sense
of humour. Frances was a lifelong learner and had a variety of
interests. One of her most important accomplishments was earning a
black belt in Ninjutsu. It played an important role in her life. She
loved hand to hand combat, but even more important than the physical
aspect of the discipline, was the perseverance and inner strength she
acquired that helped her face any fear. Even when it meant standing
alone. Coupled with her enduring faith and steadfast belief in the
power of prayer, she drew from a well of strength, especially during
her own illness, and during Wayne’s recuperation from a serious
Frances’ kindness and consideration extended to four legged creatures,
and she and Wayne opened heart and home to many abandoned kittens over
the years. In return for a cozy lap to curl up in, they blessed her
with the comfort of quiet companionship, particularly appreciated as
her energy waned.
She appreciated nature; her connections with people were lasting and
well beyond the superficial; her relationship to God, deeper still.
Frances believed in the power of prayer and in miracles. She didn’t
realize that, to those who knew her best, she was the miracle- a
loving daughter, sister, wife, parent, grand-parent, niece, cousin,
friend-all in one. Frances O’Keefe Lawrence leaves the world a better
place, just for having been in it. We will remember her always with
Visitation will be held at Brunswick Funeral Home in Perth-Andover,
N.B. on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Mass of Christian Burial to be
held at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church on Thursday, October
24, 2019 at 2 pm. Father Gilbert Doddatto celebrating. Interment will
follow in the parish cemetery.
Frances has requested that charitable donations be made to St. Mary of
the Angels Church, Perth-Andover, N.B. or the Southern Victoria Cancer
1 Peter 5:10 The God of all grace, who called you to his everlasting
glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and
establish those who have suffered a little while.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Frances Lawrence 19552019..
Death notice for the town of: Perth-Andover, Province: Nouveau-Brunswick