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Notes for Frances Elizabeth STORY


Her obituary from the Kingston Whig Standard newspaper:

“MacDONALD, Frances Elizabeth (Story) - Born in Edmonton, Alberta on February 6th, 1919 she died peacefully on July 27th, 2010 at Providence Manor in her 91st year. Her passing was dignified and came with the same grace by which she lived her life. As was her way, she chose the time, place and those involved for her final moments. She was as such truly surrounded by love. She was predeceased in 2007 by her loving husband of 61 years John M. MacDonald and leaves behind her five sons: David (Kim) of Kingston; Ross of Toronto; Jim (Linda) of West Kelowna; John (Marcia) of Orleans; Robert of Nepean; grandchildren: Christopher & Michael, Jamie, Scott & Jeffrey, Kerri & Joshua and Katharine (Keith) and her two great grandchildren: Nathaniel and Rhys. She was pre-deceased by her father and mother, Dr. Gilbert Erwin & Edith Annie Frances (Malone) Story, her granddaughter, Karen Grant and her daughter-in-law, Barbara MacDonald. While born in the west Frances had strong ties to Kingston. Her grandfather, Captain Abraham Malone of Garden Island plied the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River on sail and steam driven vessels. Her mother, Edith Annie Frances (Malone) Story was born in Kingston, attended Queen’s University and graduated with both Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees in 1899. Fran’s mother then met and married Dr. Story after he graduated from Queen’s Medicine in 1907. After moving west to start a medical practice, the Story’s adopted beautiful Frances Elizabeth who was delivered by her adopted father’s own hands. Growing up in Alberta with stays in France while “father studied surgery”, Frances opted for the study of piano & voice at the University of Toronto and the Toronto Conservatory of Music (Royal Conservatory of Music). She sang in the Conservatory’s choir and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Frances lost her first husband Captain R. J.F. Grant after he fell at the Falaise Gap in France in September of 1944. After the war she married Lieutenant John M. MacDonald returning from four years of North Atlantic service with the Canadian Navy. With a life in the military, they raised a family of five sons and finally settled in Kingston after their last posting to the Canadian Army Staff College. A life time of music lead Frances and John to join the Kingston Choral Society, the Symphony Association and the choir at St. John’s Anglican Church. They fell in love with both the St. Lawrence River and The 1000 Islands where they spent 35 years cruising with dear friends from the Kingston and Utica / Rome, NY Power Squadrons. Fran’s last years were spent in the warm embrace of her fellow residents and the loving care of the dedicated staff on Montreal 3 at Providence Manor. As a family, we could not have wished for a more caring setting and our thanks go to the staff for making her “Providence” life both meaningful and tranquil. Your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten. We’d also like to thank the Venerable Bill Clarke of St. Thomas’ Anglican Church for lighting the path and being a beacon of hope and a friend to the family. Fran loved “Kim’s babies” and to that end memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the tiny infants of our community in the caring hands of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Kingston General Hospital. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 4th at 2:00 p.m. in “Our Mother of Sorrows Chapel” at Providence Manor, 275 Sydenham Street, Kingston officiated by the Venerable Bill Clarke.”



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