18 September, 1920 – 13 February, 2021
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Frances Olive Parr, on February 13th, 2021 at 100 years, the age she had hoped to attain. She was born September 18, 1920 in the midst of the Spanish Flu pandemic and died, not due to, but during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Frances was born and raised in Selkirk Manitoba. She is predeceased by her parents Mike and Sophie Zegil and siblings, Adolf and Emily. She graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Manitoba in 1942 and then World War II intervened in her life. She enlisted in the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRENS) in 1943 and was stationed in Shelbourne, Nova Scotia. It was there that she met, and married, her husband of 69 years, John Vernon Parr, who predeceased her in 2014.
While serving her country, Frances worked as a decoder of German radio transmissions. She rose to the rank of Lieutenant before being honourably discharged in December 1945 at the end of the war. John and Frances then moved to Windsor where they built their family home and where they resided for the entire married life. They welcomed their children; Susan (George) Velickovic, Kathleen (Jacques) Martel, Wendy Parr (Dick Dow), Erin, Ontario and Michael (Patricia) Parr, Goderich, Ontario.
Grandchildren followed; Milan (Rada) Velickovic, Tanya (Miroslav) Pavlovic, Branka (Mike) Ventrella, Marianne Dent (Peter Costard 2020), Ryan (Katie) Bremner, Andrea (Mike) Frias, Brittany Jones (Chelsey Heystee), Byron Jones, Jeffrey (Diane) Parr, Thomas Parr (Meredith Poole), Stephen Parr (2016). Thirteen great grandchildren rounded out the family of which Frances, our mom, was so proud.
Frances was the consummate homemaker who was totally devoted to her husband, raising her children and giving them every opportunity in life. She was a woman of small stature but a force to be reckoned with. A deeply compassionate person Frances always saw the good in people. She lived life to the fullest and maintained a positive outlook whatever life handed her.
When her children grew more independent, Frances took on a part-time position at Sears in the ladies coat department. She embraced her work with energy and enthusiasm and considered it her second career. Frances retired from Sears at age 84 after 31 years.
The family enjoyed annual vacations on Frances’ family farm in Selkirk and spent many holidays with her sister Emily’s family in London. Weekends in the summer would regularly find the family swimming and barbequing with cousins at Point Pelee. Frances hosted Christmas every year until 2014 when she moved to Seasons Royal Oak Village in LaSalle, Ontario.
The staff and residents at Seasons became like a second family to Frances. As a family, we are forever grateful for the dedicated staff and excellent care that she received during the six and a half years that she resided there.
We would also like to acknowledge the staff at Windsor Regional Hospital, Ouellette Campus, Dr. Ian Brown and the nursing team on 6E, in particular Kory and Nicole, who treated our mother with care and compassion in her final days.
A private family service has taken place. Due to COVID restrictions a celebration of Frances’ life will be held at a later date when safety permits. Arrangements entrusted to Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Share memories, condolences or make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society or charity of choice at www.andersonfuneralhomewindsor.com
We miss you Mom.
A private family service has taken place. Due to COVID restrictions a celebration of Frances’ life will be held at a later date when safety permits.
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Linda (Berriman) Hanson
1 March 2021
Mike and Family
I was so sorry to see that your Mom had passed away at the age of 100. What a remarkable life. I remember her so well. She was always so kind, I have many fond memories of both your parents and the house on Casgrain. I hope the wonderful memories you have will give you comfort.
My deepest condolences
21 February 2021
Our deepest condolences. Frances was a classy, beautiful and sweet person. Her youthfulness carried her to the end. Now she can reunite with her love. Sending our thoughts and prayers to you all.
Love The Ventrella’s and the Liolli’s
Mary and Rino Licata
21 February 2021
We were fortunate enough to have been neighbours to John and Frances Parr for 26 years. Many times Mr. Parr came knocking on our door with delicious baked goods from Mrs. Parr and we would reciprocate with Italian treats. She truly loved being outdoors, enjoying her flowers or picking vegetables from their garden.
We always told our friends that we were so blessed with such wonderful neighbours. The neighbourhood just wasn’t the same without their presence.❤️
21 February 2021
Aside from being one of the nicest people in ladies wear at Sears. Fran was a demure but not so silent fighter against ageism when Sears was trying to force her into retirement. I always remember her with a smile on her face, and a twinkle in her eye when she won! Fran will definitely be missed. My condolences to the family.
Mary Taylor Plumley (Percy)
20 February 2021
She was a lovely lady. My condolences on your loss.
20 February 2021
My deepest sympathies to Aunt Fran's family. May she rest in peace.
17 February 2021
Kathy, Jacques and family. Bob and I are so sorry to just learn about your mom’s passing. 100 years old. Wow what a wonderful life. Kathy you know how I always loved listening to her talk about meeting your dad and the years when they were young. Your family has been through so much this past year. Take care and stay safe. Bob and Jenny 😢
Anne & Sid Dube
17 February 2021
Dear Sue, George and families
We are sorry for your loss, please accept our deepest condolences. Your Mother, Grandmother and great Grandmother was an amazing woman, with such an interesting life. I remember her being at Sears before I knew that she was your Mom, Sue. She was always kind, soft spoken and helpful. She lived a long, rewarding life, but I am sure she will be missed. Vjecnaja Pamjat, Memory Eternal.
Anne and Sid
15 February 2021
Dear Sue, Kathy, Wendy and Mike
Your mom has always held a special place in my heart and will be truly missed. Especially her laugh...she had such a unique laugh I can still hear her.
One of my favorite memories is of Aunt Fran in the kitchen with Uncle John sitting at the table while she prepared a meal for our large family gatherings either at Christmas or Easter. I don't know how she did it in that tiny kitchen with everyone crowding in to help or taste lol. I'll always remember that house on Casgrain.
Aunt Fran always called me "Pammie". I'm going to miss that.
Sending hugs and Love to all of you.
Bye Aunt Fran. Say Hi to Uncle John now you are together again.