OBITUARY: Frances G. (Wren) Marden, 90

WILMINGTON, MA — Frances G. Marden (Wren), “Fran”, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2018.

Fran was born on September 1, 1928, in Gardiner, Maine; she was the dear daughter of the late Chester and Esther Wren. Fran grew up in Hollowell and Waldoboro, Maine and was a graduate of Warren High School in Warren, Maine. Fran went on to continue her education at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital School of Nursing and earned her degree as a Registered Nurse.

Fran moved to Wilmington in 1957 where she raised her two wonderful daughters, Cynthia and Nancy. Fran was a very loving and devoted mother and grandmother; she looked forward to the time she spent with her family. Fran was an amazing seamstress and very talented crafter; she could whip up beautiful costumes, elegant prom gowns and various crafts for her family and friends.

Fran worked as a Registered Nurse at Dr. Miah Rovner’s office in Melrose for many years; she was a wonderful nurse who thought of her patients and their families as her own. Fran had a wonderful personality and she treated everyone with kindness, compassion, respect but most of all love. Following her retirement from nursing, Fran went to work as a Nanny for two families where she enjoyed helping to raise Emily, David and Adam.

Fran was active in St. Thomas of Villanova Parish in Wilmington for many years where she attended Mass and taught CCD.

Fran was quite a lady; she was kind, smart, helpful and fun to be around. Fran showered her family and friends with unconditional love and she will forever be in their hearts.

Fran was the devoted mother of Cynthia Tanner & her husband Daniel of Texas and Nancy McGrail & her husband William of Stoneham and Meredith, NH. Loving “Grammy” of Justin McGrail of Boston, Mallory Phillips & husband Dominique, Harrison Tanner, Benjamin Tanner and great-grandson Damien Phillips all of Texas. Cherished daughter of the late Chester and Esther (Green) Wren, dear sister of Donn Wren of Florida, Catherine Bockstruck of Godfrey, IL, the late Merrill, Merle and Carl Wren. Fran is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, December 8th for Visitation from 10:00-11:30 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Frances’ memory may be made to the Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley, 80 Boston Rd., North Billerica, MA 01862 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Fran’s family would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley and the New England Hospice for their loving and compassionate care towards their mom Fran and to their entire family.

Frances G. Marden
Frances G. (Wren) Marden

(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)

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