Clarke, Frances Violet

Longtime Clarksburg resident Frances Clarke, daughter of the late Percy and Violet (nee Bye) Reid, passed away peacefully at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre on Thursday January 16, 2020 in her 88th year.

Frances was predeceased also by her husband Harvey Clarke in 1989.

She was the much loved mother of Lee Ann Simons and her husband David of Meaford and loving ‘Gram’ of Scott Hutchinson and Adam Hutchinson and step- grandmother to Kevin Simons (Jennifer). She will be missed by her great-grandchildren Jocelyn and Gabrial.

Fran was predeceased by her son-in-law John Hutchinson and sisters Loreen Shortt and Eleanor Monk and a brother Bob Cranney.

Before Fran started having health problems she enjoyed many trips to Scotland, Hawaii, Florida and the East and West coast of Canada.  Her working life and career always revolved around the apple industry, beginning by picking apples for local orchard growers, then Haines evaporator, Mitchell’s juice plant, Binkley packing plant, to making homemade pies for two local fruit stands.  To some she was known as ‘the pie lady’.  When baking became too much Fran was busy with the Rebekah Lodge, card games, delivering Meals on Wheels, church functions and the odd yard sale.  She enjoyed being involved with her grandsons’ activities, especially attending their hockey games.  Fran loved life.

The past six years she has been entertained with participating in social activities at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre. Unfortunately, her failing health and progressing dementia had been increasingly challenging over the past year.

Funeral services will be conducted at Grace United Church in Thornbury on Tuesday January 21, 2020 at 12 noon where family will receive friends from 11 o’clock until the hour of service.

If so desired and as your expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 ( to whom arrangements have been entrusted.

Interment will take place at Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Visitation: Grace United Church, Thornbury from 11 a.m. until 12 noon

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:00 PM
Service: Grace United Church Thornbury, ON

Donations: Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice
Make a donation in memory of Frances Violet Clarke

Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Shelley Gibbons
    Friday, January 17, 2020

    Lee Ann, Dave, Scott, Adam & Kevin. We are so sorry for your loss. Fran was a great lady who will be missed. She was always so friendly, fun & happy.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Love Shelley & Ronnie

  2. KATHY
    Saturday, January 18, 2020


  3. Linda Teed
    Saturday, January 18, 2020

    My thoughts are with you Lee Ann and family. I have many memories of your mom picking apples with my mom. I recall a picture of your mom and mine, a close up holding two large Mac apples and big smiles. They worked together a number of years with Alymer Clarke and Cubby Clark, just to name a few. So many great memories.
    Love to all.
    Linda Teed

  4. Bonnie Hammond
    Saturday, January 18, 2020

    Lee Ann & family – I was sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a ‘lady’, Her pies were the greatest! I know that you all have many wonderful memories of her – enjoy them! You are in my thoughts & prayers! Bonnie

  5. Sandra & Randy
    Saturday, January 18, 2020

    Dear Lee Ann, Dave & Family

    Thinking of you all at such a sad time. Lee Ann, your Mom was such a lovely lady. Cherish all the wonderful

    memories you have. Celebrate a life well lived.

    Sandra & Randy

  6. Terry & Diane Haines
    Saturday, January 18, 2020

    Lee Ann our condolences on the passing of your mom. Cherish your wonderful memories.

  7. Norine Baron
    Sunday, January 19, 2020

    We have good memories of a great lady that we talked to in church regularly. Fran always had a big smile and a kind word. We know you will have lots of family memories to cherish.

    Norine and Garth Baron

  8. Darlene And Rod Turner
    Sunday, January 19, 2020

    Lee Ann, Dave and family, so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a remarkable lady and will be greatly missed by you , your family and the whole community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Darlene and Rod Turner

  9. Bev Ardiel
    Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    Lee Ann, Dave and family,
    We are thinking of you at this sad time. We remember your mom as a very friendly lady.
    She will be greatly missed by you and many others. Hopefully your wonderful memories of her help you through this difficult time.

    Harold and Bev

  10. Shirley Woolner
    Monday, January 27, 2020

    Lee Ann & Family – I was saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a really nice woman! Please know we are thinking of you and your family at this time. It’s never easy to loose someone you love. From experience, I have found comfort in my memories. I hope you can do the same.


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