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Date of Passing: Dec 14, 2020

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Peacefully in her sleep and surrounded by love and prayer, and with Neil Gamey, a close family friend holding her hand, Frances passed away on December 14, 2020, at 77 years of age, at the Charleswood Care Centre, where she had been since September. Fran had Parkinson's and Lewy Body Dementia, and tested positive for Covid-19 on December 12.
Fran will be loved and forever remembered by her cousins, Carla Rowlin Jacobs and her family in California, Maureen Marquardt and her family in Ontario, and Ron Rowlin and his family in Ontario. She will also be missed by the Banks, Bates, Cann, Gamey, McFarlane and Young families, all of whom she considered her extended family. She took great pride in all their accomplishments. She will be greatly missed by her beloved goddaughter Nicole Cann (Jan Svensson) and their son James, who was the apple of Fran's eye. Although she was an only child, Fran loved children, many of whom thought of her as their grandmother.
Fran was predeceased by her parents, Irene Smith Rowlin and Harry Rowlin.
Fran was born in Saskatchewan, chosen, and adopted as an infant, and lived the rest of her life in Winnipeg. She graduated from St. James Collegiate and the University of Winnipeg. She worked at Trans Air, Manitoba Hydro and the University of Manitoba. She was very musical and played the trumpet in the Independent Order of Foresters band in the Rose Bowl Parade in California one year, and for many summers she played Taps every night at Girl Guide Camp on Caddy Lake. Fran was a faithful member of St. Margaret's Anglican Church for over fifty years, singing in the choir for most of them. She was a member of the Centering Prayer Group and participated in Bible study. Her faith in our Lord was unwavering, and we are comforted knowing that she is in his everlasting arms.
The family would like to thank Neil for his exceptional care of Fran. We are comforted in knowing that you put your nursing skills to good use, especially in her last weeks.
Cremation has taken place, and she will be interred in Brookside Cemetery with her mother in a private burial for her family at a later date.
Her Celebration of Life service will be held at St. Margaret's in the summer of 2021, when it is safe to do so.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to St. Margaret's Anglican Church, Parkinson Canada, or a charity of one's choice.

Richard Rosin
Funeral Director Ltd.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 19, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I knew Fran when I worked in Human Resources at the UM (1978 to 2000). Fran was responsible for "Employee Records" and was someone with whom I worked with very closely. Employee Records of the day - was long before current computer and HRIS systems - difficult to access - but - integral to the work that I did - and - Fran alway did an absolutely excellent job in coming up with the required data. In addition, Fran was a good - quality - human being - a nice person - and - someone who became a good friend. Fran is a good memory in my life. Lloyd Schreyer - Posted by: Lloyd Schreyer (Friend) on: Jan 11, 2021

  • My condolences to Fran’s family on her passing. She was a great boss for the short time I worked with her at the University of Manitoba back in 1976-77. After my husband and I moved to Erickson, she and June Bates drive out one day to visit and have lunch together. That’s the kind of person she was. Very considerate of others. So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time!! Evelyn Bredin - Posted by: Evelyn Bredin (Co-worker at U of M) on: Dec 19, 2020

  • So very sorry to hear of Fran’s passing. She was always such a vibrant co-worker in the Human Resources office at the University of Manitoba. She was energetic, knew her mind, and well regarded for her professional abilities. I admired her for down-to-earth attitude, always a pleasure to work with. So hard to believe she’s gone, definitely a cherished member of the good old days at the University. Thanks for the memories Fran ! - Posted by: Ian Brown (Co-worker) on: Dec 19, 2020

  • We always called her Francie (she didn’t like it much). We were close friends when we were growing up - lots of fond Memories of sleepovers and Christmases. She was just the kindest and most generous person and I will always be grateful to her for keeping watch over my Mom (Auntie Nan) when I couldn’t be there. I am glad she is at peace. She will be missed. - Posted by: Maureen Marquardt (nee Smith) (Cousin) on: Dec 19, 2020

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