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A.L. Moore-Grimshaw Mortuaries Bethany Chapel

710 West Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ

OBITUARY

Francine Mercier Lessard

November 11, 1944August 29, 2019
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Francine M. Lessard, November 11, 1944 - August 29, 2019 of Chandler - Francine passed away peacefully in her sleep on the evening of August 29th. Francine is survived by her husband Roland, 3 children Michelle Munsee, Danielle Gifford and Charles Lessard. Francine had 8 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.

Francine spent her life as a homemaker. She had a passion for cooking and baking. She was very welcoming to anyone who came to her home, always offering a meal and if needed a place to stay. Her motto was the more the merrier, there was always room for one more person.

She enjoyed watching the Arizona Diamondbacks, she loved to read, and she was an expert at crossword puzzles. Francine was diagnosed with MS many years ago but she never let it break her spirit. She was sharp as a tac, even conversing with her grand daughter hours before her passing about the circumstances of her courtship with her husband Roland. She was the sweetest, kindest, most considerate person. She never had an unkind word to say about anyone. To know her was to love her, she was beautiful inside and out. We will miss her dearly.

  • FAMILY

  • Roland Lessard, Spouse
  • Charles Lessard, Son
  • Danielle Gifford, Daughter
  • Michelle Munsee, Daughter
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Chuck Lessard, Pallbearer
  • Dylan Munsee, Pallbearer
  • Scott Munsee, Pallbearer
  • Scott Gifford, Pallbearer
  • Cole Gifford, Pallbearer
  • Benjamin Gifford, Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, September 5, 2019

Memories

Francine Mercier Lessard

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Roland Lessard

September 12, 2019

My Dearest Francine,
You were my wife, my love, my life. From the first time I saw your beautiful face, I knew I wanted you in my life. On little more than faith, you left everything behind and moved from Canada to the States to start a family with me. We were so good together. All of the memories we made over the years, I will cherish forever. You were my guidance in every way. You would let me know what was on the agenda and that is how we planned our day. We started a tradition of family night over 20 years ago which would have never happened without you. You were truly the glue that held our family together and the reason we saw everybody as often as we did. You were never a burden my love, it was my privilege to take care of you. I am so lost. I never planned to be here without you. It's been 2 weeks since your passing and I'm still struggling to find the words to say. I have faith that I will see you again but for now, I will hold you in my heart until I can hold you in my arms.
Your loving husband of 52 wonderful years, Roland

Greg & Karen Stepeck

September 12, 2019

We are lucky to have known Francine since the seventies. She and Karen were best of friends. We played cards, bowled and went to dinner often, or just talked all night. Francine was always a happy person and fun to be with. When Francine and Roland moved to Phoenix we went to dinner one last time in Monroe and after Francine gave Karen a parting gift of two kittens, Martha and George. That turned us into lifetime cat people. We are so far away and hadn’t seen each other until August of 2014 when on vacation. Our vacation started in Phoenix and we were lucky enough to visit Francine and Roland and spend one more evening together. She will truly be missed! Love you Francine. Karen and Greg Stepeck

Dylan Munsee

September 8, 2019

It has taken me a long time to put into words exactly what to say. There have been mistakes that I have made in my life that now, I look back and regret. I wish I would have stood and shared this with you at your funeral, and it will be something I regret not having done when given the chance. One thing I don’t regret is having been there with you at our last Sunday dinner together. While it took my moms reminders of the importance of family time to get me there, I will never be able to thank her enough for getting me there to be with you.
Growing up you were my end of busy Wednesday’s and Sunday’s. It seemed so normal, like something that every family does. Yet when I would tell my friends that I couldn’t hang out on those nights due to family dinners they thought I was crazy. Looked at me like what kind of family does family dinners together that often or at all. Our gatherings were so big and just kept getting bigger and bigger every time. And you never turned anyone away. You always made newbies feel like life long friends and family. Looking back at it, I regret having taken those dinners for granted. I would do anything to have one more whole family dinner with you and everyone we love.
I’m proud to be apart of this crazy family that you built, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you for being such a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. You always had a reason to be negative and have hatred, but you never were. You were the positive light in everyone’s lives, and you will be for the rest of time. I love you, there won’t be a day that I won’t miss you and think of the wonderful times we had together.
Toujours dans nos coeurs.

Sami Tibbetts

September 8, 2019

To nana,
First and foremost thank you for welcoming me into your home and into your family. I may only have two years with this family, but from the first time I met you, you made me feel like lifelong family. Thank you for always being the kindest soul, and lighting up a room with your love and laughter. Thank you for giving me the gift of your grandson and his love. I would like to make you a promise. I promise to love and cherish every moment with Dylan for the rest of my life. I will fight with him and for him until he tells me to do otherwise. I will do everything in my power to ensure that he is loved for the rest of his days. We love you, we miss you, and no matter how long has passed we will remember you and your beautiful spirit until the end of time.
Toujours et à jamais.

Sharon and Tom Major

September 5, 2019

Our dear Roland,

It was such a beautiful service today plus being with you, your family and friends afterwards at your home. As we told you, even though it was hard for you to talk about Francine's passing at the funeral, we and others I'm sure, appreciated your heart-felt memories of your wonderful wife of 52 years. It's been many years since we were in your home in Tempe, and we enjoyed Francine very much and appreciated her hospitality and warm welcome. Roland, we're so happy you have a big family who will "keep an eye on you"! It may feel lonely in your home without Francine, but you now can leave anytime you want to go see your family. May God Bless You and keep you healthy so you can enjoy the rest of your life.

With love and hugs,
Sharon & Tom

Allyson Cunningham-Williams

September 5, 2019

I first met Francine in 1992. I was attending college at NAU with her beautiful daughter Danielle. Francine was a fabulous cook and homemaker. She always knew the answer to any cooking question. I remember eating her Clam Shell Appetizers and “Better Than Sex Cake” Delicious!
Francine lived with MS for many years. I believe that there is a special place in heaven for those who endure such suffering.
Rest In Peace Francine,
Allyson Cunningham-Williams

Maggie K. Johnson

September 4, 2019

In Dec., 1976 my two eldest son's were performing in a school Christmas Concert.
As we were watching the concert my late (former) husband and I were eating popcorn. Suddenly from behind our seats came a hand and helped himself to our popcorn. Needs to say we turned around to see a man (who's hand it was stealing our popcorn) and a lovely blonde haired woman. Of course we laughed and began to chat, exchanged pleasantries, then we were on our way.
The very next evening we attended a civic groups Christmas party and there were the couple we had just met the previous night.
That was no coincidence, thus began a 43 year old friendship.
That still produces a deeply rooted sincere love.
My lovely blonde-haired friend (sister in Christ Jesus) is Francine. We lived in a rural small town community together. Our friendship continued to grow and flourish throughout the decades.
The tea kettle was always on for me in the Lessard kitchen.
Francine was always prepared to serve a meal along with a yummy desert!
We spent Thanksgiving holidays together, shared many outings, and never without tremendous laughter!
Her heart, her kindness, her sincerity, her love will never loose there glow, just as the memories of Francine will live in my heart and mind forever.
We shared the good times and embraced each other during our sorrowful times.
We were always prepared to lift one another up, no matter the circumstances.
My mind will always be crowded with lifelong, highly cherished moments with my beloved sister.
I am reminded of the words of Shakespeare:
"How sweet the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in its head."
We must pluck advantage from this disadvantage, snatch victory from this seeming defeat.
Francine's life was a triumph over adversity, and Francine was the victor.
Today, I posit, we celebrate a victory.
Sleep now, my beloved friend and sister.
I love you,
Always, Maggie

Sunshine Ortiz

September 4, 2019

It is with the upmost respect and most sincere thoughts that my memories of Francine are because of her beautiful daughter that I call my friend and sister. I met Francine the first time as we were rolling out of town to go camping 4 years ago. After this, we were blessed to attend the family dinners, where Francine always smiled and just looked around at her whole family as they talked, laughed, ate, and just made wonderful memories with each other. You don’t often have these times any more and to witness this because of the woman Francine was, by making her family first priority, is a blessing and an honor. I of course will miss seeing her beautiful smile but I know that my family and I were blessed enough to have seen it first hand. Her quiche is something that I will forever be grateful for eating too. She was so sweet to have made them for me :). Thank you Danielle for allowing me and my family to know her and to know you. We are better because of her.

Angela Jones

September 4, 2019

I worked with Danielle for many years, but never had the pleasure of meeting you. The reflection of the children you raised says exactly what kind of mother you were. Danielle is one of the most caring, compassionate people I have ever met. Rest peacefully and may God bless your entire family.

Linda Randell bilodeau

September 4, 2019

Amie enfance de Francine allait manger du gâteau chocolat à sa fête souvenir inoubliable,sympathie à toute la famille. Sal.valleyfield que.

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