Frances Marchand


It is with heavy hearts and great sadness our family announces the passing of our mom, Frances Marchand (nee Hickey) at the age of 85.

Born in Merlin, Ontario. Cherished daughter of the late William Hickey (1985) and Wilhelmina (Wellwood) (1987). Predeceased by her brother Lyle (1942), sister Claire (1998) (Patty) Flanagan. Survived by her sister Joyce (Marcel) Lacombe.

Predeceased by her husband Lawrence R. Marchand, 2021. Loving and proud mother to Claudette (Jim) Bourgeois, Dennis (Alicia) Marchand, Annette Marchand, Yvette (Chris) Oliver.

Forever missed by her grandchildren Kurt, Brittany, Brooke and Jake. Missed by many nieces and nephews.

Frances graduated from teachers College in Toronto Ontario at the age of 17. She began her teaching career in 1953 at St. Francis school in Tilbury, where she was much loved by her students and staff. Upon her retirement from teaching, she started her very successful income tax business which she loved. You could find her in her office crunching numbers well into the evening. She retired from her tax business at age 80.

Frances was a smart kind, loving, caring and generous person not only to her family but anyone needing help. One year, a busload of students were stuck on the 401 in a snowstorm. Using a CB, Frances got all of the children’s names and phone numbers to call every one of their parents to let them know their children were safe.

Frances loved to travel, Hawaii, Las Vegas (she loved gambling), Cuba, and the Mediterranean. Frances took each of her grandchildren to Florida to experience Walt Disney World as well as flying to Alberta to experience the West Edmonton Mall. And of course, trips to Niagara Falls every year. She was the BEST Gram ever.

The Marchand family would like to express a very special thank you to Bert and Betty Reaume, neighbours and friends of our parents for over 60 years. They have provided much care, time and kindness to our family during these difficult months.

A mother is a special gift
One you think will stay
You will never think the day will come when she will go away.
To us, you were special
Loving, kind, and true
You never will be forgotten
We thought the world of you
Your memory is a keepsake
With which will never part
God has you in his keeping
We have you in our hearts.
In life we love you dearly
In death we love you still
We know you walk beside us
And when our lives are through
We pray that God will take our hands and lead us straight to you.

In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Chatham Kent Hospice or a charity of your choice. A private service will take place at a later date.

42 Comments on “Frances Marchand”

  1. Claudette, Jim and family, we are much saddened to hear of the passing of both your parents in such a short span of time. I cannot imagine the pain of these losses. You are in our thoughts. May the great memories provide you with strength.

  2. Aunt Francis was a lovely, kind woman. We had many wonderful visits since I retired.
    Please know all of you are in my prayers at this time.
    Mary Ellen

  3. My sincere sympathies to all the family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace.

  4. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time , may the beautiful memories bring you peace , Love Lives on ❤️

  5. My condolences to Colette, Annette, Yvette & Families. Hope all your memories will make you smile. She was a lovely lady.

  6. Thinking of you all during this very difficult time. You’ve suffered great loss in a very short amount of time. My sincere condolences.

  7. God bless your family at this difficult time. I will always remember Mrs. Marchand as one of my very favourite teachers.

  8. My deepest condolence to the entire family! Yvette my heart breaks for you and know I will say some extra prayers for you during this difficult time. I have such sweet memories of your mama from our childhood and nights on weekends when I would stay at your place. God bless!

  9. So sorry to read this news.I had met & worked with Frances @ H&R Block & then had the privilege of her preparing our income tax returns for many years following.We had kept in touch over the years .
    Sincere sympathy to all
    Gerald & Linda Oliver

  10. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Francis was a clever, kind person. She will be truly missed.

  11. Our deepest sympathies to the children of Frances on her passing. She was a lovely lady who always had a smile for everyone she met. RIP Frances.

    Barb and Ken Carr

  12. My deepest condolences. I don’t remember a time in my life I didn’t know your mom. I loved her so much. She was amazing. She always laughed at my shenanigans when others probably wanted to kill me. I will always miss her. ❤️
    Praying you find comfort in your many timeless memories.

  13. Thinking of you at this time. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families. Frances was a lovely lady
    I appreciated her care and concern for my mom during her stay at Hudson Manor

  14. Deepest sympathies to to the family and friends of Frances. I really enjoyed her company when I was doing her drapery jobs. She was very kind and I enjoyed our talks. I saw her when I went in to Hudson Manor and she always stopped to talk to me . She will be missed. RIP Frances

  15. Sincere condolences to all of the family. Frances did our income tax for years.
    She was definitely a very special lady. She will surely be missed by all.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

    Gary and Marilyn Carson

  16. I will always remember that whenever I went over to the house to visit I would practically be forced to have something to eat. It didn’t matter if I just ate or not I had to eat and have a pop. Thanks for the memories. I will miss the one on one conversations that I had with her in the later years. Rest In Peace.

  17. Awe Annette, we’re so sorry to hear this sad news. I’ve shared a few of those gambling trips with you and your mom and we always had a good time. Glad you have so many memories to get you through the sad times and please know that we are thinking of all of you at this tough time.

  18. Our deepest sympathies to ALL of you on the loss of your mother / grandmother.
    She was a great lady and she will be missed.
    Sending love and prayers for you all, as you go through this difficult time.

  19. To the family
    So sorry for your loss
    Francis was a wonderful person to be around, had the pleasure to do her hair for a few years, she was great company
    Was surprised of her sudden passing
    Our sympathies to allot you
    Eileen Robert

  20. So sorry for your loss Yvette. Such fond memories of back in the day. Both your parents were always very kind. *hugs

  21. Fran became a bonus to my life when I began working at H & R Block.
    I was more than happy to help with her business when she set up the tax business in her home.
    That’s where I really got to know both Fran and Lawrence. I actually looked forward to tax time because I’d be going over to spend time with them. If I ever had a question, Fran would always come up with the answer. She was just amazing. Lawrence was always trying to get me to try eating something he created. He would also bring us treats from the Chatham Flea Market. The cherry pie was the best!
    They will be missed immensely.
    Our love and prayers go out to all the family.

  22. Dear Claudette & Family;
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. Losing a Mother is a tough one. Please know that my thoughts & prayers are with all of you through this difficult time. I am only a phone call away. Hold the memories close & embrace all of the people surrounding you now.

  23. Our deepest sympathies to the family at this very difficult time, losing a father, mother, grandfather & grandmother within a very short time. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you. A very sweet woman, she was always had something nice to say. The first year she taught she was Gary’s teacher & he thought the world of her.

    Debbie Taylor & Gary St.Jean

  24. To All of the Family
    Susie and I are so sorry for your loss. All of you in our prayers. Fran was such a wonderful woman and meant so much to me. She is already missed by both of us.

  25. Claudette, Yvette, Denis & Annette & all your family
    Deepest Sympathy on the sudden loss of your mother
    Linda & Marvin Quenneville

  26. Gram (or Fran, as I often called you),
    You will always hold a special place in my heart. I will never forget the hours that I enjoyed so much helping out in your office either filing returns or adding receipts up. Nothing was ever too much and you went out of your way to make sure us grand-kids got to experience the best of life.

    I am so thankful I got to experience so many trips and shared stories of travel with you… and there is no doubt in my mind that my love of gambling was passed down from you. I will miss coming home each year to visit and spending nearly every evening at your house telling you all about my life in Australia, of course, while eating some chips and dip because you and Pepe always had the best snacks on offer. I know you’ll be looking over me from above now and I take great pride in knowing how proud you are of me for chasing my dreams.

    I love you and I miss you, Brooke

  27. Sorry for your profound loss. We grieve with you at this sad time. Aunt Fran was loving and gentle. We will always remember her laugh and beautiful smile.
    Sincerest Condolences,
    Michelle & Gordon Hearn

  28. My deepest sympathies to your family Annette, losing your mom and dad in such a short time .
    Your mom was so kind and so proud of her children .
    Thoughts and prayers are with all of you .
    Carla and Todd

  29. We are so sorry for your loss. Aunt Fran was such a delightful person to share time with. Remembrance Day in Tilbury was always our meeting place. This event would not be complete until we had our visit. She was such a positive force and wise woman. She will be greatly missed.
    May she rest in peace with Uncle Lawrence.
    Catherine and Dan Beaudry

  30. Frances always did Moses and Bella’s taxes each year and I had the pleasure of making her acquaintance at that time. She was a lovely lady and very sincere. Barb and I offer are condolences to the family at this time of mourning. God bless all.

  31. Claudette, Yvette, Denis & Annette & all your family. We were saddened to hear the news of your moms passing. I have many great memories. She loved the casinos and having fun. She was a thoughtful and positive person. She was so good to Aunt Peggy – and a travelling partner. She will truly be missed.

  32. To Sister’s children and grandchildren.
    I am just so terribly sorry to hear the news of Aunt Frances. Such a great loss for all of us, as she was an absolute saint that I respected and admired so very much. She seemed infinitely wise making the right choices throughout her life, always doing the right thing. I will forever remember her infectious giggle, her sharp mind and wit, and her heart that I felt nothing but love pouring out of. The world is blessed with her off spring who carry her positive traits and will be a continuation of her life. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I grieve along with you. Sadly yours,
    Erin Flanagan.

  33. So very sorry for your loss. Your Mom was always so very kind to our family. Thinking about you all during this difficult time.

  34. Deepest sympathy to all of the family — I always enjoyed chatting with your mom. She, like your dad, had a great sense of humour and both your parents will be sadly missed by family and friends alike. I’ll always remember your mom as my wonderful Grade 5 teacher. Find comfort in happy memories and in each other.

  35. Condolences to all the family. So sorry that you’ve lost both parents in such a short time. She was a favourite teacher of mine at St. Francis when I was in grade 2. I’m glad I was able to have conversation with you at Hudson Manor. Prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

  36. I am very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Such a loving teacher and great friend of our family. I can’t imagine living in this small town and not know of Fran’s passing. It truly brought tears to my eyes. God bless the entire family as you say farewell to both of your parents in such a short amount of time. Thank you for pictures from the past. How thoughtful of this wonderful family. God be with all of you.

  37. I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. I didn’t find out, until today. I had your mom for a teacher for the first semester in grade 3 and in grade 5. She was a wonderful teacher. I give you and your family my deepest condolences. RIP, Frances. We, will meet again.

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