Frances M. Jefferys Obituary- Death, Frances M. Jefferys Funeral
Frances M (Baronett) Jefferys, 91, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at home surrounded by her family. Fran was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 10, 1930, the third daughter of the late Louis & Ethel (McDonald) Baronett.
Mom (Fran) was Baptized, made First Eucharist, Confirmed and married at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church in Philadelphia. She attended St. John the Baptist Grade School and High School from which she graduated in 1948. Always a people person, she was active in many school activities.
After graduation, she went to work for Seigel Lighting Fixtures as a secretary until the birth of her first child.
During and after high school she had a crowd of friends that enjoyed attending dances, going to movies and “going to the shore” (Jersey), etc. It was through this crowd that she met Mike Jefferys, the love of her life. Originally, she thought of him more like a big brother, but he didn’t buy it. He was persistent, even writing her while in the Army. She, of course, felt obligated to write back to a soldier and love blossomed. Mom & Dad were married on February 12, 1955 at their home parish church of St. John the Baptist.
In 1964, Mike’s work with General Electric, sent him & Fran, and their two daughters, Eileen & Suzie, to Picayune, Mississippi. Son, Mike, was born in January of the next year to complete the family. They were transferred to Erie, Pennsylvania in 1969 and set roots. Fran (Mom) was the glue that held this crazy bunch together through the transfers and life in general. She and Dad believed it was God first, family second and this was her creed. Always a genuine listener, she gave her all to raising her children, supporting her husband, and loving them all.
Dad retired in 1991 and so did Mom! They spent the next 14 years “wintering” in St. Petersburg, Florida enjoying the good weather and friends.
Fran enjoyed playing cards, crossword puzzles, and a little recreational gambling. When the casino was no longer an option, she enjoyed scratch lottery tickets. She was always looking for the million-dollar winner with hopes of spreading the wealth. Fran also enjoyed cooking, a love of which was shared with all of her children. That sharing came back to her one hundred-fold in great meals she didn’t have to prepare but could enjoy —- she loved that!
Fran’s (Mom’s) legacy is her love for Dad and her family (which grew and grew) and her unshakable faith in God.
Fran is survived by daughters, Eileen & Suzie Jefferys, and her son, Michael and his wife, Kimberly and their beautiful family, Benjamin (Lexi), Clare (Matt), Peter and Anna, all of Erie. Mom delighted in the lives of her grandchildren who ALWAYS made her smile. She reveled in their stories and accomplishments and was so proud of each. Fran is also survived by her brother Jack Baronett and sister, Philomena Moran both of Philadelphia along with several nieces and nephews.
Her beloved, Mike (Michael J) predeceased her in 2006. In addition to Mike, Fran lost her brothers Louis and James Baronett as well as her dear sister, Cass (Sr. Maria Clemens, IHM) prior to her passing. Additionally, Fran was blessed by much extended family and many friends who became family, in particular the Smicker, Owens, Murray, Mealey, Burger and McCaa families.
The family would like to thank Hamot Family Hospice, in particular Tom Iorio, Danielle Santini, Christina, and Dr. Robert Geiger for their guidance and goodness during Mom’s final months and days. We’d also like to thank Home Instead and Lori Stanley for helping to make it possible to keep Mom in her home.
All are invited to attend to call on Saturday at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 2801 West 6th St. from 10:00 AM until the time of a funeral mass at 12:00 PM. Burial will be private in Gate of Heaven cemetery.
In lieu flowers, memorials may be made to: Emmaus Ministries Soup Kitchen (eriebenedictines.org) and Meals on Wheels Erie (mealsonwheelserie.org). Arrangements are being handled by Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th St.
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