Frances Alice Hersey

28 July , 192225 November , 2018
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Hersey, Frances Alice - Age 96 of Tideview Terrace formally of Culloden, Digby Co. passed away November 25, 2018.

Born in West Dalhousie, she was a daughter of the late Sarah (Marshall) and Harris Boylan. She was a homemaker and an awesome mother of four. She is survived by daughters, Marion (Murray) Handspiker, (Digby); Darlene (Lester) Hersey, (Mount Pleasant); Susan (Jan) Hersey, (Kingston); son, Roy (Carol) Hersey, (Digby); nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; special nephew Phillip “Tim” Boylan, and several nieces and nephews.

Mom loved playing 45s, Skip-Bo and enjoyed bowling, listening to old time country music and was known as “Grandma Dynamite” on the CB radio. She enjoyed family coming to visit and afternoon tea parties with Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Sipes and special friend Joan.

Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Joe Hersey, twin sister, Doris Jane Boylan (in infancy), brothers, Burton and Phillip, daughter-in-law Evelyn Hersey and son-in-law Ewart Handspiker.

Visitation will be 7-9pm on Wednesday November 28 at Jayne’s Funeral Home, 7 Birch St. Digby (245-2525) also where the funeral service will take place at 2pm, Thursday November 29. Interment in Union Cemetery, Culloden.

The family would like to thank Dr. Black and the staff of both the Villa Acadienne and Prim House, Tideview Terrance for their excellent care. Family flowers only. Memorial donations can be made to Union Cemetery, Culloden. Leave condolences to


  • Visitation Wednesday, 28 November , 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, 29 November , 2018

Frances Alice Hersey

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Burton Messenger

1 December 2018

Our thoughts have been with the Hersey family this week when we learned of Frances passing. The Messenger and Piggott families of Centrelea have many fond memories of Frances visiting faithfully every year. Thank you to daughter Darlene for enabling your mother to keep her visits as the years passed.
We especially remember and appreciate your last visit this past spring when you came to our home with Frances.
In sympathy
Joan and Burton Messenger.

Lin Conway

29 November 2018

Darlene , Monica and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad time,

Holly Waltho

27 November 2018

My heart goes out to you Sue and your family. Mom was a great lady and lived a good long life. RIP Mom. Love you. Xoxox

Marilyn Clayton

27 November 2018

My throughs are with you Darlene and lester

Kelly Shaw

26 November 2018

Thoughts are with you all.
Georgina Newell & Family

Donna Leadley

26 November 2018

Darlene and family:
Thinking of you at this time . Please accept my sincere condolences for your family’s loss.

Donna Thibodeau Leadley

Lisa (Mercer) Sibbley

26 November 2018

Thinking of you all at this time, and sending sincere condolences
~ Lisa

Pauline Comeau

26 November 2018

Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of your loved one. Francais was a sweet lady and will be missed by many, My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Karen Atwater

26 November 2018

Aunt Frances was always the same, she was always a very pleasant lady, always wanted you to have a cup of tea, we spent just about every Sunday visiting her and Uncle Joe when I was a kid, she never complained other than she was never hot, To the family your mother will be missed but there are so many wonderful memories , cherish the memories and always carry her in your heart, RIP Aunt Frances!



In the song of life, Frances Alice Hersey was surely the composer. A very observant woman who would spend hours on the phone talking with family and friends. Frances preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around her made sense. A free spirit, Frances believed that actions spoke for themselves. She seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything she did.

Frances was born on July 28, 1922 at home in West Dalhousie Nova Scotia. Her parents were Sarah and Harris Boylan. Frances was raised in Centrelea by her uncle Henry. Frances rarely calling attention to herself, but when she did speak out, her message was clearly understood by those around her.

Early on in her family relationships, Frances showed that she was a tolerant and flexible person, and she got along well with everyone. She had two brothers Burton and Phillip and her twin sister Doris Jane who died in infancy. She was a calm and playful child who was adaptable to any situation.

As she was growing up, Frances developed into a person who enjoyed physically doing things like any child..... running, swimming and skating. However, to Frances, the most fun she had was simply playing, and spending time with friends.

Those who didn’t know Frances well might not view her as being an outgoing person, those who called her their friend knew differently. Frances was shy and sensitive, a person who never forced her opinions and values on others. Close friends knew that her kindness was unmatched, and once you became a friend of Frances’s, you understood how true a friend she could be. While growing up, some of her best friends were Ida, Calvina and Billy. Later in life, she became close to her friends of the Culloden area Joan Stark, Irma Walker and Gerry Sipes.

A person who was sensitive to others’ feelings, modest and tolerant, Frances had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned. On July 28, 1940, Frances exchanged wedding vows with her life partner Joseph A. Hersey in Sandy Cove, Digby Nova Scotia.

Frances was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to her children. These emotional bonds made her as much playmate as parent. She gave her family unconditional love and kindness. Frances was blessed with 4 children, one son Roy, three daughters Marion, Darlene, Susan, 9 grandchildren, David, Brian, Sandra, Phillip, Kendall, Kim, Karen, Krista, Monica, 8 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Frances was a homemaker all her life in the house that her and Joe had built in Culloden where they raised their children. She worked hard and did her best to succeed every day preparing meals for the children and Joe as he went off to fish the sea and in later years working at National Sea Products in Digby. On hot summer days she could be seen running through the field with one of the children on her heels or in later years racing one of the grandchildren down the road.

Frances enjoyed her leisure time as she got older, her favorite pursuits were bowling, skip-bo, cards, crokinloe, baking. Frances was always ready for a game of cards in the evening with Joe, even when he would cheat, she didn't care she just loved being there with him she wanted to savor the present moment.

Frances liked sports. One recreational sport that she really like was bowling. Frances also loved to watch skating on TV whenever she got the opportunity.

At the age of 50 Frances got her driver’s license which allowed her to be an active member of the Senior Games and Senior Bowling League.

Frances’s faith was important to her. She was a member of the Anglican church. Frances did not attend church each week, but she was proud to say she was Anglican.

Because she loved the world around her, Frances enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations, to visit new places and experience new things. Frances and Monica flew to Ontario for Susan's graduation in Borden. She flew with Marion to Europe to visit Sue and Jan and travelled many places throughout Europe. She also visited them in Cold Lake Alberta and they explored BC. Another trip she enjoyed was to Maine with Lester, Darlene and Monica shopping.

Frances was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Frances’s favorites was Reba the cat. The Hersey home also had several dogs over the years Sasha, Tobi and Rattler.

Frances passed away on November 25, 2018 at Tideview Terrace of old age. She is survived by her children Roy, Marion, Darlene, Susan, 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 2great-great-granchildren. Service was held at Jayne's Funeral Home Digby. Frances was laid to rest in Union Cemetery Culloden.

Frances was a good woman, a kind woman, and a practical woman who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. She leaves behind her a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Frances always had much to give and was able to make those connections in her life where her gifts were appreciated. Frances was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Frances Alice Hersey.