Frances Hartery

Obituary of Frances Elizabeth Hartery

Hartery (nee Johnson), Frances (Fran) Elizabeth December 13, 1941- February 10, 2021 Fran Hartery, 79, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2021, surrounded by love, after a short but courageous battle with cancer, complicated by lupus. She was born on December 13, 1941 in Spencer’s Cove, Placentia Bay NL, and after resettlement of the island, was raised in Corner Brook, NL. She will be lovingly remembered and forever missed by her husband, Alphonsus Hartery; her girls, Joan Byrne of Halifax NS and Donna Cox of Newmarket ON and so proud to be Nana, to her beloved granddaughter Avery Cox. Stepson Stephen (Marie) Hartery of Corner Brook NL and their children Blake and Nichole Smart and stepdaughter Cathy Granlund of Mississauga ON and her son, Keith. Sisters, Phyllis (Derek) Loder of Corner Brook, Judy (Lawrence) Chaulk of Pasadena and Joyce Rolfe of St. John’s. Nephew Terry Humber, nieces Debbie Collins, Connie Loder, Robyn Pennell and Crystal Griffin. Her best friend and keeper of her secrets, Olive Whidden and the family’s angel on earth, Vickie Young. As well as a circle of extended family and friends. Frances was predeceased by her loving parents, Ronald and Rhoda Johnson, her sister Doreen Humber, the eldest of “The Five Little Johnson Girls’, her stepson Sean Hartery and nephew Kenneth Loder. Many words have been used to describe Fran, but brave is at the top of that list. She demonstrated that over and over during her lifetime, especially these past months. All who loved her dearly, will never forget that she was strong, funny, feisty, fiercely independent and kept everyone on their toes. Fran was an LPN who worked her entire career on the various units of Western Memorial Regional Hospital. From stories shared over the years and most recently from her former teammates, she had an amazing work ethic, was kind, caring and compassionate to those in her care. She loved to travel anywhere but was most happy when a passport was required. Retirement gave her time to really enjoy extended stays at their trailer at Birchy, listening to country music, especially Conway Twitty, during the drive. Spending time in nature, puttering around the campsite, berry picking or hiking, Birchy was her happy place. Mom was a voracious reader, lover of Diet Coke, her “Set for Life” scratch tickets, ice caps and the only tv that would keep her sitting still long enough to watch a program, was HGTV and her story, the Y&R! Outside of her family, her biggest love was animals, and we are sure that she is now with her many pets. Her much loved dogs, Ginger, Zackary, Butch and Patches and her treasured little girl, Nemo the Cat. None of whom were aware they were animals. Frannie, we tried to stick to the “3 tears only” rule, but I’m sure you knew that wasn’t going to happen as you pointed your finger and winked at us. “Go rest high on that mountain, your work on earth is done” The family wishes to thank the staff at the Eastern Heath Cancer Care Centre and especially the staff at Western Long Term Care, Palliative Care Unit. Dr’s Penny, Lafferty, Eaton, White, Dunne and Pieroway for their wonderful care. The Nurses and LPN’s who looked after Mom like she was your own, you will never know how much your support, care and kindness helped not only Fran but her family as well. You truly are Angels. As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to Lupus Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society or to an animal shelter in your area. At Frans request there will be no funeral services and cremation has been entrusted to Fillatre’s Funeral Homes. A Celebration of Life will be held when life returns to normal and family can travel again.
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