Frances Babbitt

January 23, 1925October 7, 2020

Frances Babbitt passed away on October 7, 2020 at the Bertram House of Swampscott at the age of 95. She was the beloved wife and best friend of Abraham Babbitt. They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in March.

Born in Lynn, Frances was the daughter of David and Bessie Tassel. She attended Lynn Public Schools and graduated from Lynn Classical High School.

Most important to Frances was her family and she cherished every visit and phone call. She loved to bake and her family always looked forward to her “apple squares” at family gatherings. Frances enjoyed a full, rich life. She loved to dance and sing and seemed to remember the words to every song. She enjoyed knitting, playing bridge and Mahjongg, doing crosswords and mastering Sudoku. For many years she was a member of a bowling league at Lucky Strike Lanes in Lynn as well as the Jewish Community Center of the Norths Shore where she exercised and swam. She loved to travel, having visited Israel, Hawaii and Aruba as well as many other places; including frequent bus trips to Foxwoods. Among the items she saved was a certificate awarded to her from the Lynn Public Library, stating that she had read 17 books during the summer of 1936. She was a member of Congregation Anshai Sfard in Lynn and Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott.

In addition to her husband, Frances leaves with wonderful memories her children Edward Babbitt and daughter-in-law Ellen Kayser, Ann Pendexter, Roberta Babbitt and son-in-law William McGeehan, Steven Babbitt, Susan Michaud and son-in-law Scott Michaud; her grandchildren Daniel Babbitt and Karen Cassidy, Casey Babbitt and Daniel McGeehan; her great-grandson John Wesley Babbitt, who she was thrilled to be able to hold before the Covid 19 restrictions and many nieces and nephews. Frances was also the sister of the late Hyman Tassel and mother-in-law of the late Charles Pendexter who adored her.

The family wishes to thank everyone at Bertram House of Swampscott for your loving care and for keeping our parents and grandparents together and happy. We will be forever grateful. We also thank everyone at Care Dimensions and Molly Rowe of First Light Home Care for your exceptional care and compassion. Due to regulation imposed by the Coronavirus Pandemic a private graveside service was held at Pride of Lynn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923 or to Congregation Shirat Hayam, c/o Rabbi Michael Ragozin’s discretionary fund, 55 Atlantic Avenue, Swampscott, MA 01907 or the charity of your choice.

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