Nickerson Funeral Home

77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA


Frances McKnight Davis

May 30, 1937January 1, 2020

Frances McKnight Davis, 82, born Mary Frances McKnight of East Orleans, formerly of Framingham, passed away January 1 at the Pavilion Nursing Center in Hyannis after a short illness. She was the daughter of Edward M. and Alice K. (Lynch) McKnight of Fairhaven, MA. and was the widow of Robert B. Davis, Ph.D., who passed away in 2002. Frances graduated from Fairhaven (MA) High School in 1954, received degrees with a concentration in Chemistry from Regis College, Weston, MA and Framingham State University, and did further graduate work in Chemistry at the University of Miami, FL. She was employed by Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute in Miami, FL, M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory, Regis College and Framingham State University, all in the field of Chemistry.

Fran was dedicated to the education of her four children and twelve grandchildren. She was an effective day trader in the stock market, taking her lumps as well as her successes with grace. She was passionate about her Keeshond dogs, perennial garden, and East Orleans home.

Fran was the loving sister of Katherine Agre, of Bowie, MD. She was the loving mother, mother-in-law and grandmother of Susan and Robert Borucki of Chelmsford, MA, and their son Brian and wife Jhill; Dr. Andrew and Christi Davis and their family: Nathaniel and wife Dorothy Lynn; Jennifer and husband Stephen Salazar; Carolyn of Lynchburg, VA; Calvin and Daphne of Bahama, NC; Michael Davis and his partner Sandra Bergeron and their families: Katherine, Peter, Sarah and Megan of Franklin, MA and Maximilian Bruel of Holyoke, MA; Dr. Julia and Brian Hoover and their children Logan and Patrick of Milton, VT. She also leaves friends Laurel Clark and Joseph and Virginia Nadeau, all of East Orleans, life-long friend Elizabeth Gerding of Newcastle, Maine, and her beloved dog companion, Zoe.

Donations in Fran's memory may be made to the Brewster Branch of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, 3981 Main St., East Brewster, MA 02631, Lower Cape Outreach Council, 19 Brewster Cross Road, Orleans, MA 02653, or St. Stephens Indian Mission Foundation, P.O. Box 278, St Stephens, WY 82524. Visiting hours at the Nickerson Funeral Home in Orleans are from 1 to 3:30 pm on Monday, January 6, immediately followed by burial at the Orleans Cemetery at 4 pm. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.


  • Visiting Hours Monday, January 6, 2020
  • Burial Monday, January 6, 2020


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Elizabeth Gerding

January 4, 2020

Susan,Andrew, Michael and Julie.....my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mom. She was always such an integral part of my life and such a soul companion. I was deeply touched by rememberance in her obituary. May she achieve the peace she so richly deserved. My love and prayers to you all. Betty Gerding

Laurel Clark

January 4, 2020

For my dear friend Fran, whose indomitable spirit, positivity, and intelligence constantly impressed me. She was an inspiration, and I will never forget her. Or her love for her home and her beautiful dogs, Jazz and Zoe. I will miss her more than words can say... she was truly my friend and I loved her...