Frances J. Derby

August 11, 1931February 27, 2018

Frances J. "Franny" Derby 86, recently of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on February 27, 2018.

A lifelong resident of Keene, NH, Franny was born on August 11, 1931 to Robert and Emily (Cota) Nareau. Franny and her brothers Franklin and Francis were the first set of triplets ever born in Keene, New Hampshire.

Franny graduated from Keene High School and then started her family. She was married to Kenneth Roland Derby on September 24, 1949. After giving birth to a beautiful baby girl named Deborah, Franny survived through five miscarriages before giving birth to her miracle son, Robert.

She was a devoted caregiver to her husband, who had Huntington's Disease. Franny's family was always her first priority. She was always smiling and laughing and didn't have a mean bone in her body. Franny was a friend to all that met her, and she loved to serve spaghetti dinners and play cards afterwards. She was an avid Red Sox fan and insisted on watching as many games as possible.

Franny is survived by her two children, Deborah (Brian) Derby and Robert (Diedre) Derby, as well as seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Franny was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Derby; her brother, Robert Nareau (Buck); and her youngest sister, Norma Hill.

A prayer service will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 1:00PM in the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene. A graveside committal service will be held on Thursday, May 10th at 1:00PM in the Mountain View Cemetery, Route 12, Troy, NH.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate in Franny's honor to Operation Smile. Operation Smile provides exceptional surgical care to children all over the world that are suffering from cleft lip or cleft palate. Donations may be made through Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23453, or, or by calling 1-888-249-3797.


  • Prayer Service Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, May 10, 2018

Frances J. Derby

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