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FRANCES SEATON (RICHARDS) After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Frances passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at St. Boniface Hospital on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. She was predeceased by her parents, Anthony and Kathleen Richards. She is survived by her children Marjorie (Ron), Jennifer (Lito), Andrew, Catherine (Cory) and former son-in-law Robert Mark; her grandchildren Kathleen, Tori (Kent), R.J., Robert, Elizabeth (Cory), Alycia, Christopher and Ryan; her great-grandchildren Quinn and Benjamin. She was born Frances Offrowich on January 16, 1946 in Winnipeg. She is an alumni of the University of Manitoba where she graduated with her family watching with pride. She always said that we did this together as a team . Her children were proud of her but she was also proud of them for helping achieve her goals. Frances is a former Rose Bowl winner who retired from a career as a music specialist with the Winnipeg School Division No.1. As the former director of the Winnipeg Girls' Choir she has had the joy of being a part of the musical lives of many talented singers and musicians . As former choir director at St James Anglican Church she continued to have the opportunity to collaborate in the development of a creative music ministry , while, as director of the Good Neighbours' Choristers she found a new vista of vocal and choral development had opened . Frances has chaired the Provincial Honour Choirs program, including the 25th Anniversary celebrations. She touched thousands of children and adults with her passion for singing and music. Her last contribution to the music community was as the President of the Manitoba Choral Association. This included the creation of a choral music composer competition. She felt so blessed and thankful for her dear friends for their help, strength and prayers. She will remain a part of our lives for many years to come as well as a part of Manitoba's music history and will be missed by all. Her family would like to give thanks to all the wonderful people throughout her final journey. Service to be held at St. John's Cathedral, 135 Anderson Ave, Winnipeg on Tuesday, June 19 at 2:00p.m. Interment to follow at Glen Eden, 4477 Main St. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba. Glen Eden Funeral Home 338-7111 www.gleneden-mb.ca
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on June 16, 2012
Guest Book(10 entries)
- I first met Frances in 1970, when she became my voice teacher. Her children were just little wee kids. They were so cute! I also remember her two little dogs!
When I used to go to my voice lessons in Windsor Park, Frances was much more than my voice teacher. She was my friend and confidant. She was like my big sister and so very kind to a young teenager. When it came time for my wedding, there was no one other than Frances that I could possibly have sing! Her voice was the most beautiful!
Through the years, we became colleagues and I watched with great interest as her family grew.
I was shocked to learn, just today, that she had passed away.
Frances blessed everyone she came in contact with and will be fondly remembered by many many people.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you children and grandchildren. I know she must have been very proud of you all as adults as she was of you as children.
- Posted by: Karen Wiebe (O'Morrow} (Former student, friend and collegque) on: Jun 28, 2012
- Many people know my mom as a teacher and choral director but they should also know what a terrific Mom she was.
My Mom has been my confidant and best friend all my life. She could always tell when something was wrong and I didn't even have to say anything. She knew me so very well. I will miss our daily/weekly phone calls so very much. No matter how far away we lived from each other she was always there when I needed her. I love my Mom with all my heart and soul. She was always putting her children first. Even though she was ill she insisted that she come to visit us in BC. in January. She would not take no for an answer. We had a great time just sitting and talking and hugging. She celebrated her un-birthday (a family tradition) with us and had a Kathleen made birthday cake as she requested. Even though she was always so very tired, still made her famous meatloaf. R.J. says no one can beat the way Grammy makes it. We were even able to make it around the entire IKEA. (Her favorite store) She loved going there.
She was always putting her children first even when she was ill. She keep the seriousness of her illness from me so that my Husband and I could have a wonderful 25th anniversary in Europe. I knew something was wrong but she insisted that she was fine. She thought that it was more important for us to have that special time than let us know how serious her illness had progressed. She waited for all her children to be with her before she left this world. Who can ask for a better mom than that. She will be missed for her love, laughter and her beautiful hugs. She was so proud of us all and we were so very proud of her. She is the bravest person I know. Thank you mom for everything. Thank you for loving us. Don't worry about us. Lito will look after us. You know he will. Thank you for loving him. You never treated him as a son-in-law but as your son. He will always keep that close to his heart. Kathleen and R.J. will miss their talks and hugs from their Grammy. Mom you are the best. Thank you. The world has lost not only a wonderful musician as most know her but we have lost the most amazing mother. She looked after us all until her very last breath. I don't know what I'm going to do without you.
Their is a new voice in heaven's choir. If you close your eyes and listen you can hear my mom singing. A voice that will never be forgotten.
Love you so very much Mommy.
- Posted by: Jennifer De Torres (Daughter) on: Jun 23, 2012
- Mom has known me since I was a 19 year old kid, She has shown love & respect to me since the day we first met!! I can only promise her that I will look after Jenn, our children & the family the best I can... I Love you Mom...
- Posted by: Raulito De Torres (Son in Law) on: Jun 21, 2012
- I met Mrs Seaton thru the Winnipeg Girls' Choir. She was always encouraging us to do our best and to put our all into the music. She often had a story to get us into the right mindset to perform at our best. She was a wonderful mentor to have. My thoughts are with you all in your time of grief.
- Posted by: Carol-Lynne Neitzke (Family Friend) on: Jun 19, 2012
- Frances was a mentor for me. Always with a smile and encouragement, she was there sharing her expertise. So thankful for all she shared with me. My condolences to the family. So sad I can't be there to say goodbye.
- Posted by: Ashley (Friend) on: Jun 19, 2012
- She had such a lovely voice! She will be missed!
- Posted by: Jane Barter Moulaison (church friend) on: Jun 18, 2012
- For the time I have known her she has always had a smile on her face. It was good to know her. My condolences go out to the family in this tough time.
- Posted by: Wes Brinkman (Andrew friend) on: Jun 18, 2012
- I met Frances and got to know her at our monthly music itinerant meetings and the MMMEA. She was so warm and friendly and always had a smile on her face. We really got to know and support each other while teaching at Stanley Knowles School. It was a challenging time for both of us in this newly opened overcrowded school but we worked hard to provide an excellent music program. Frances and I decided in our first year together as colleagues to take a Christmas vacation to Accapulco. We had a great time together and enjoyed our holiday. I admired her beautiful voice, her enthusiasm for music and her love of music as she touched so many lives. I am saddened to hear of her passing and extend my sincere condolences to her family.
- Posted by: Lorraine Uberig (friend and colleague) on: Jun 16, 2012
- Francis was a real contributor to the music life in Winnipeg. I had the good fortune to meet her and date her in the 60's when we both participated in the Manitoba Music Festival. She was very talented and I knew then that she would do great things with her gift. My condolences
- Posted by: David Place (Friend from musical past) on: Jun 16, 2012
- Mrs Seaton was an amazing lady as a teacher, mentor and for me a second Mother growing up with her daughter Catherine. She was so full of life and had the best laugh and smile! I still have great memories of music class at Robertson and working with her in the Winnipeg Girls Choir As well as countless sleep overs! I think the greatest gift she gave me was the love of music and the gift of song at my Wedding, it made the day that much more special. It was a privilege and an honor to have known her for so many years. Huge hugs to her family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time! XOXOXO
- Posted by: Cheyenne (Family Friend) on: Jun 16, 2012
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