The Fortin Group


Frances Marie Sawyer

January 24, 1948September 12, 2021

Frances Sawyer (Kelley) of Portland, 73, peacefully slipped into heaven on September 12, 2021. Frances was a woman who only saw the best in people and believed everybody deserved to be loved, regardless. Her huge heart allowed her to love unconditionally. Anybody that knew her, knew that she was resourceful and resilient. She loved her volunteer work all the way up until her illness stopped her. Her children and grandchildren were her greatest achievements. Our mom believed that God was her guiding light in life and that God had a plan for her. She loved listening to hymns regularly, especially Patsy Cline’s Just a Closer Walk. We like to think she is living out the song’s lyrics and dancing with her Jesus now. Even when she felt weak and scared, she would put on a front and say “If it’s God’s will, so be it” or “when it’s my time, it's my time”. She embraced whatever fate was chosen for her. Mom, we love you and choose to believe you are where you are supposed to be. She was survived by her husband of 37 years: Lewis Sawyer of Portland, her three children: Lawrence Kelley, Jeannie Sawyer, Jessica Bush (Sawyer) and their families. Our family would like to thank Beacon Home Hospice and the several doctors who helped take care of mom regularly. If anyone would like to do something for her family, please check out the Dempsey Center in Lewiston, Maine. The Dempsey Center helps make life better for people managing the impact of cancer. They accept donations through their website:


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Frances Marie Sawyer

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Christine Ming

September 17, 2021

Fran has been an integral part of The Root Cellar for many years! We are so thankful for her, her life, and her love. She ran programs here, including a quilting program with people from all walks of life. She was a founding member of The Root Cellar family in Portland and will always be part of what made this place great. Our prayers and love go out to her family - may God comfort you all! We stand with you in the belief that she is living in the presence of Jesus and experiencing her favorite song now.

Shanon Webster

September 15, 2021

I remember Fran from the root cellar she was such a wonderful woman, great personality and smiling face , I'm sorry for your loss my prayers 🙏for your family, from the webster family

Elizabeth Howe

September 15, 2021

I met fran through the root cellar she was a great lady may you rip

Jess Busch

September 15, 2021

It’s only been three days where do I begin. I miss early morning conversations. I know you’re in a better place now and there’s no more suffering but I miss you a lot and love you so much.

Ellen Lebeda

September 15, 2021

I am so very sorry for your loss. Frances always was a kind person and always had a smile on her face. May she sing her hymns in the presence of Jesus now. Prayers for the family.

Stacy Vankeuren

September 14, 2021

I'll love you forever