OBITUARY

Frances "Franny" Joan Derby

August 11, 1931February 27, 2018
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Frances "Franny" J. Derby recently of Mesa, Arizona passed away on February 27, 2018. A lifelong resident of Keene, New Hampshire, Franny was born on August 11, 1931 to Robert and Emily 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 was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Derby; her brother, Robert Nareau (Buck), and her youngest sister, Norma Hill.

Franny is survived by her two children, Deborah (Brian) Derby and Robert (Diedre) Derby, as well as seven grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

A memorial service for Franny will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Lakeshore Mortuary, 1815 S Dobson Rd., Mesa, AZ. A reception in Franny's honor will be held immediately following services in the Events Room at Lakeshore Mortuary.

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. They can be contacted at www.operationsmile.org or 888-249-3797.

  • FAMILY

  • Deborah Derby, Daughter
  • Robert Derby, Son

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • Reception Saturday, March 3, 2018
REMEMBERING

Frances "Franny" Joan Derby

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Greta Nareau

March 3, 2018

Greta Nareau

March 3, 2018

Wendy Foral

March 3, 2018

There are so many favorite memories over the years that it's hard to narrow it down to just one. Whether it was helping you in the kitchen in the house in Troy or our trip to Maine to see " My fair lady". The thing I will remember most is your beautiful soul. You were always so kind, happy and loving to everyone and never had a bad word to say about anyone. I love you and miss you very much, your little dumpling. 💖

Greta Nareau

March 2, 2018

Tracy Halupowski

March 1, 2018

My Grammie, love and miss you so much. You will always be close to my heart. What an amazing woman you were, if I could be half like you I would be so proud. So many people will miss you as you touched so many. Our family will miss all our Holidays together, all those Easter Eggs you would color. Birthday celebrations, Thanksgiving, Christmas. You always made them so special with your traditions. You were an amazing great grandma to my girls and I'm forever thankful for that. We will miss you so much ❤️

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