Frances B. Busby

October 20, 1924August 10, 2012

BUSBY, FRANCES BRADSHER, 87, passed away Friday morning, August 10, 2012, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Born October 20, 1924, in Salisbury, North Carolina, to Hattie Marina Newsom and William Durham Bradsher. Mrs. Busby attended Catawba College, graduated from Duke University in 1947, and became a pediatric nurse.

Mrs. Busby grew up in Salisbury, North Carolina, where, at the age of 15, she met Philip Fransioli Busby, and later married him in 1946 upon his return from World War II. They honeymooned in Havana, Cuba. A devoted wife and mother, Mrs. Busby raised four children in Westfield, New Jersey, while her husband worked as General Manager of SeaLand Service. They moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1978, and were married for 60 years until his death.

Mrs. Busby is survived by her children Philip Jr., Byron, Spencer, and Bonnie; grandchildren Philip, Gemma, Nicole, Leah, Lina, Lissette, Byron, Lara, Avery, and Spencer, and two great grandsons, Christopher Morales and Shaun Novar. She is predeceased by her husband; sister, Nancy Bradsher Hamilton; and grandchild, Lilia Busby.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m.Thursday, August 16 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 333 Tarpon Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For anyone wishing to express their sympathy, the family requests that contributions be sent in Mrs. Busby’s honor to the Seafarer’s House, P.O. Box 13034, Port Everglades, FL, 33316. Arrangements entrusted to Kraeer-Fairchild Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 4061 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL


  • Memorial Service Thursday, August 16, 2012

Frances B. Busby

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Pat Baker

August 29, 2012

I just read my e-mail and the notice from Zeb McMillan. My sincere sympathies to everyone of you in the family. I am so sad to lose Frankie- we had kept in touch by phone over the years. Love, Pat Baker

Joe Maryuma

August 17, 2012

Bradsher was truly one of a kind. Her wisdom and humor set her aside from others. We will miss her dearly.

Patrick H.

August 17, 2012

I knew Frances in Salisbury. She was not only beautiful but very sweet.

Joe Mannino

August 15, 2012

I grew up in Westfield and remember going to the Busby's house. Mrs Busby was so gracious and always had snacks ready.Our family also moved to Ft Lauderdale in the seventies. My condolences to Spencer and the rest of the family

Alice Benbow

August 13, 2012

Mrs. Busby was a beautiful lady who was always a delight to know. She will be greatly missed. May Jesus Christ help her family and others in their time of loss.