Frances C. (Scanlon) Powers
Merrimac, MA - Frances C. (Scanlon) Powers, age 93, of Merrimac, died Saturday evening, August 10, 2019, in the comforting surroundings of her home and in the loving presence of her family. She was the devoted wife of 58 years to Richard J. Powers, who died February 6, 2007.

Born in Lawrence on June 30, 1926, she was one of eight children of the late Francis T. and Yvonne (Frechette) Scanlon. Frances was a graduate of St. Mary's High School of Lawrence and went on to graduate from St. John's Hospital School of Nursing in Lowell in 1947, which led to a lifelong career in nursing at the former Amesbury Hospital.

Frances was an active member of the Merrimac community, including the Church of Nativity, Merrimac Santa Committee, founding member of the Couplings Club of the Merrimac Fire Department Auxiliary, and the Merrimac Garden Club. Spending time in her garden always filled her heart with a great sense of peace and beauty.

For many years she was an avid skier and enjoyed spending time at their second home in the White Mountains and relaxing in the winter in Northport, Florida. For the past several years since the passing of her husband, many of her days were filled with the companionship of her sisters for which the family is forever grateful.

Her life's legacy will continue to be remembered and cherished by her two sons, Richard Powers Jr. and wife Patricia of Salisbury and Timothy Powers and wife Dawn of Freedom, N.H.; daughter, Patricia Jordan and husband Thomas of Merrimac; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Raymond Scanlon of Haverhill, and Richard Scanlon of Tamworth, N.H.; two sisters, Kathleen Knightly of Lawrence, and Lucille Bourque of Haverhill, along with several generations of nieces and nephews, extended family and countless dear friends. In addition to her parents and her devoted husband, Richard, she was predeceased by her brother and two sisters, Phillip Scanlon, Claire Bird, and Rita Belair.

Visiting hours will be Thursday, August 15, 2019, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 36 West Main Street, Merrimac. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, August 16, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity of the Holy Redeemer Parish, 4 Green Street, Merrimac, followed by burial at Locust Grove Cemetery, Merrimac. Donations in memory of Frances C. Powers can be made to the Couplings Club, c/o Merrimac Fire Department, 16 East Main Street, Merrimac, MA 01860, or to the charity of one's choice.
Published on August 13, 2019


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Bob Peters
Aug 14, 2019
I share with your loss of Fran. She was one of the good ones that touched us all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this sad time.
May she rest in peace.
Denise Meiklejohn
Aug 14, 2019
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Sarah Groleau
Aug 14, 2019
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Norman & Jackie Malenfant, Ft Myers, Fl
Aug 13, 2019
To Powers and Scanlon families,
So sorry to hear of Frans passing. Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Norman & Jackie
Susan (Barker in those days) Martin
Aug 13, 2019
Thinking of you and Dawn and your family. Prayers coming to you all. XoSue
Joyce Melanson
Aug 13, 2019
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Amanda & Rich
Aug 13, 2019
Tim, Pat and family,

Saddened to hear about your mom's passing, she was a lovely lady and will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathy during this very difficult time.
Aug 13, 2019
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