OBITUARY

Frances Desmarais

January 6, 1949September 26, 2021
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Frances (Briand) Desmarais, age 72, of Fall River, passed away Sunday, September 26, 2021 in Charlton Memorial Hospital comforted by her family. She was the wife of the late Normand Desmarais, Sr. to whom she was married for 50 years before his passing in 2018.

Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Leo Briand and Emily (Hamer) Briand she was a longtime resident of the city.

She attended BMC Durfee High School and earned her LPN from Diman Regional Vocational Technical School. Her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse was spent at Southpointe Nursing and Rehabilitation and Americare Healthcare Agency. Skilled at crafts, she enjoyed sewing, creating and making outfits, but mostly baking her “famous cookies” which were her late granddaughter’s favorite. Frances loved her church family from Refuge Church in Warren, RI.

She is survived by two sons, Normand Desmarais, Jr. of Fall River and his fiancé Lisa of Lakeville and Jason Desmarais and his wife Rebecca of Somerset; one daughter, Tonya Lee Desmarais of Fall River; three brothers, Frederick, Leo and Steven Briand; seven grandchildren, William Desmarias and his wife Krissany, Joshuah, Rydge, Noah and Jacob Desmarais, L. Michael Marzilli and Serena Smart; one great-granddaughter, Delia Desmarais and many nieces and nephews. She was the grandmother of the late Skylar Ann Desmarais and sister of the late Ernest Briand.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 11:00 am in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Cherry Place, 178 Winter St., Fall River. Visiting hours will be prior to the service from 9:00 - 11:00 am. Relatives and friends invited. Burial will be in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Contributions in her honor may be made to Refuge Church, 130 Franklin Street, Warren, RI 02885. For directions and tributes, www.waring-sullivan.com

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Matt Belanger

October 19, 2021

Fran was such a great lady. My wife and I have very fond memories of Fran. She always had a smile and a good thing to say about everyone. She was always thoughtful and very generous towards others. It is heartbreaking to hear of her passing. I take comfort in the memories she leaves behind and the impact she has had on many. I know that I am a better person because of Fran and the impression she had on my life. I am truly thankful for having known her, and I am fully confident that she is with her Savior in Heaven, where there is no pain and suffering, only joy and bliss. My sincere prayers and thoughts to her family. This must be an incredible loss to them. My family sends our love!

Joyce Bandara

October 2, 2021

To the family my deepest condolences Fran was my client and a great person I will miss her terribly my heart and prayers are with you all. From Joyce Bandara

Lisa Turner Cardin

September 29, 2021

Fran was such a beautiful soul . Filling our lives with joy and happiness always. I enjoyed our fellowship, adventures, and laughs, your wisdom , guidance , strength, and of course your amazing crafts,knitting , and your baking . Thank you for being a great christian influence in my life as well as Normands and the family, You have raised a great Son. Thank you for your love and care always. You brought such warmth to my family as well . Until we see each other in Gods glory I'm sending a big hug to say sadly Goodbye my friend

Fred Poulin

September 28, 2021

I remember many Sundays doing bus ministry with her at Grace Gospel Church. She was a faithful servant, kind person and a good friend!!!

Arlene Harnett

September 28, 2021

Fran was a pleasure to know by everyone who met her. She may pass from this earth but not from our hearts and our minds.
The assurance of a spiritual life is death not being an end but a transformation.
May we all find peace in the hope that one day we will join her
in that life ever after.
Give Sky a kiss for us and
God Bless all of her family.

Kerri Harnett Oller

September 28, 2021

Fran will always hold a special place in my heart.
She was like a second Mom to me and a grandmother to my son Devin.
She will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of there life being touched by hers.
She we be welcomed into the heavens by her beloved Norm and granddaughter Sky.

"Each person is given the gift of time on this earth...to live... to learn...to love... and to leave a legacy."

Fran certainly did all that and more.

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