Frances E. (Dempsey) Dudley

March 15th, 2014

Frances E. (Dempsey) Dudley, age 82, of Wilmington, died peacefully on March 15, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. 

Frances was born in Boston, MA, on October 12, 1931; she was the cherished daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Goss) Dempsey.  Frances was raised and educated in Mission Hill.

Frances married the “love of her life” and her best friend Robert F. Dudley on May 15, 1954, celebrating nearly sixty years of marriage  and creating a beautiful family together.  Frances and Bob lived in Brighton for several years before moving to Wilmington forty-seven years ago where they raised their children. 

Family was first and foremost to Frances; she was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  Frances’ unconditional love and support for her family was always evident and she cherished every moment they were together.  Frances enjoyed family holidays, celebrations, or  getting together at the family homestead, just having her family together made Frances smile.

Frances enjoyed her home, she loved putting in gardens, growing flowers, feeding the birds and squirrels, and bird watching from the front porch.  Frances loved all kinds of birds but seeing a red cardinal was one of her favorites.

Francis loved to travel with family and friends; she enjoyed finding new places, she was known as the best “map reader” long before mapquest and although she didn’t have her own driver’s license she had a license to be best “back seat driver and co-pilot”.

Frances will be fondly remembered as a kind and caring woman, she was a good friend and neighbor, always willing to help others.  Frances had quite a sense of humor that she passed on to her family and her devotion to her family was well known by all.  Frances was quite a “lady” and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Frances was the beloved wife of Robert F. Dudley, devoted mother of Ray Dudley and his wife Randy of Gilmanton, NH, Deborah Harris and her husband Steven of Amesbury, Susan Cooper and her husband Golden of Wichita, KS, Judie Cherry and her husband Chris of Semmes, AL, Mary Downs and her husband Jimmy, Paul Dudley and his wife Penni all of Wilmington, Robert Dudley and his wife Andrea of Biddeford, ME, and Pattiann Graham and her husband Shawn of Windham, NH, loving Nana of  Raymond, Caleb, Megan, Christopher, Courtney, Robert, Jennie, Laura, Buddy, Alisha, Joey, Alex, Ashley, Jimmy, Gabriella, Joshua, Lily, and Emma, Great Nana of Khloe, T.J., Kaelyn, Jocelyn, Sailor, and Wynnie, cherished daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Goss) Dempsey, dear sister of the late William Dempsey, Mary Theresa Mann, and Ruth Smolinsky.  Frances is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, March 18th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, March 17th from 4-8 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers donations in Frances’ memory may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA  01923.


9 Entries in Guest Book for “Frances E. (Dempsey) Dudley”

  1. Mary Barry Emerick says:

    To the Dudley Family…
    “Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on the snow. I am the sunlight that ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn’s rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush; Of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there. I did not die.”

    You are all in my thoughts & prayers…
    Love Mary Barry Emerick

  2. Cheri Buchanan says:

    Debbie, Steven and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and you family. So very sorry for your loss.

    Cheri Buchanan

  3. Cheri Buchanan says:

    Debbie and Family,

    May the love of friends and family bring you strength and help to ease your pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.

    All of your friends at Amesbury Chevrolet

  4. Mary Moran says:

    Dear Dudley Family,

    We are so sorry about Fran. Our hearts break for you all. She was a wonderful woman and a great neighbor to us. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

    Mary Moran, Michael Joyce, Christine & John Dowling

  5. Bozo & Maureen McHugh says:

    We are so very sorry to hear about Fran and want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. We always looked forward to waving to Fran and Bob as they went by our house on their daily walk and will miss seeing her smiling face.
    Bozo & Maureen

  6. Kathy Phloridis(Sunrise Market) says:

    I will miss Frankie’s smiling face every time she came for a visit. So sorry for your loss.
    Kathy Phloridis

  7. Mary Olshaw Hynes says:

    Dear Dudley Family
    I am so sorry to hear about Auntie Frankie. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. We are sorry for your loss she will be missed.

    Mary Olshaw Hynes & Patrick Hynes

  8. Mary Ellen (O'Reilly) Powers says:

    Judie and family, I am so very sorry to hear about your mom. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    -Mary Ellen

  9. Gail lauziere says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom.So many good memories with you all I will keep you in my prayers .
    Love gail

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