Frances York

From Mike Beane's Blog

BENTON – Our beloved Frances Theresa York, 77, of Benton, Maine, passed away on April 5, 2023, surrounded by family.

Fran was born on Oct. 17, 1945, to Dorothy and Joseph Thibodeau in Nashville, Tennessee.

Fran (aka) Darling met her love of her life Charles York, in 1961 online (at the 30-yard line at a Lawrence High School football game). They were married for 57 years. They love to dance to their favorite song Tennessee Waltz. If you ever spent time with them, you knew how much they loved each other.

She had the biggest heart and a beautiful smile. She was a private person, but very witty and fun! She knew how to keep Charlie in line. She loved to cook, especially for Charlie’s old workplace, go for rides with him, and stop at lawn sales along the way. The couple traveled all over the state of Maine to poke around in the antiques malls. Fran was a very crafty person, she made beautiful baskets every year for her love’s ones in the cemetery. She loved to play games and especially enjoyed beating Charlie in Farkle. There was nothing she loved more than getting the most wins in their yearly tournament. She also liked to line dance and loved all holiday decorations. She collected snowmen and Friendly Village dinnerware. She had two dogs, Rambo and Harvick, that she loved and took care of until it was their time to cross the rainbow bridge.

She had many accomplishments during her lifetime. One of them was that she worked for Colby College for 34 years in food service. Another accomplishment was that she and Charlie were seasonal campers at Happy Horseshoe for 36 years. You could see Fran riding her golf cart to the different camp sites visiting her camper buddies and playing bingo on Friday nights. She loved participating in many of the events at the Shoe over the years. She made many special friends and enjoyed many conversations while sitting in her rocking chair on her deck at their camp site. Oh, are we going to miss the… cabbage rolls… the fudge… and we are all left asking a lingering question, “Who’s going to make the gravy?”.

She is survived by her loving husband Charles, her daughter Carrie and husband Joseph Pomerleau, her son Charles York Jr. Her two sisters Janice Beane and Camilla Levasseur and her brother and Arthur Thibodeau. Two grandchildren, Nicholas Capeless and Owen York and one great-grandchild Brooke Pullen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Dorothy Weaver Thibodeau, brothers Joseph Thibodeau and James Thibodeau, and one granddaughter Kayleigh York.

You will be missed by your family members, friends, and your special camp buddies. We all send our heavenly love to you Fran.

Our family would like to extend our deepest thanks to all the special people who brought food, visited us, and sent flowers to our house. It brought great pleasure to us during this difficult time.