HOULTON – Frances B. Bishop, 89, passed away peacefully and went to be with her Lord Jan. 11, 2012, with family and special friends by her side at a local hospital. She was born Sept. 7, 1922, in Chapman, daughter of Walter A. and Lilla (Wyman) Briggs.
Her greatest joy in life was her family. When her mother passed away early in life, she quickly assumed cooking and household duties at a young age, lovingly supporting her father, brothers and sister. She would use those cooking skills throughout her life as she raised her own family providing wonderful meals, including her homemade macaroni and homemade donuts. Later in life she would continue baking special treats for her children, grandchildren and friends. She loved being a mom, supporting her children through school events, choir rehearsals and Little League games. Spending holidays with her children and grandchildren was a very special time for her. Frannie was a devoted Christian and longtime member of Military Street Baptist Church, and considered her friends there as extended family. Throughout the years she served in many capacities including church secretary and treasurer. She worked as a bookkeeper of Commodity Investment Corp. and as manager of The Fabric Shop. She was a skilled seamstress, enjoying sewing, quilting and cross-stitch, and was truly a crossword puzzle aficionado. She also was a devoted lifelong Red Sox fan, with special affection for Pudge Fisk and later Big Papi. Frannie had a genuine, caring heart and was a dear friend to so many folks. Using her gift of nurturing, she was truly a giving and compassionate person to all whose lives she touched. Her loving legacy will continue on many times over through family and friends.
In addition to her parents, Frannie was predeceased by her husband, Adrian; brothers, Aubrey Briggs and Sterling Briggs; sister, Glenna Briggs; and daughter-in-law, Jadean Bishop. She is survived by three sons, Steve Bishop of Edgewater, Md., Randy Bishop and his wife, Marilynn, of Veazie and Tim Bishop and his wife, Debbie, of Marlborough, Mass.; one daughter, Kathy McHenry and her husband, Tom, of Aiken, S.C.; three grandchildren, Christopher Bishop, Jessica Bishop and Matthew Bishop; several cousins, nieces and nephews. She will be remembered by many dear and special friends.
Friends may call 11 a.m. until a celebration of her life 1 p.m. Monday at Houlton Military Street Baptist Church with Pastor Randall Burns officiating. Spring interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Houlton. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in Frannie’s memory to Military Street Baptist Church for the City on a Hill project or a charity of their choice, care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730. Online condolences and guest book at