SOUTH ROYALTON — A springtime memorial service will be announced at a later date for Frances Ethelyn Berry Chapman, 91, who passed away in her sleep while surrounded by her family at Gifford’s Menig Center in Randolph on March 16.
She was born in Richmond, on Oct. 24, 1922, daughter of Harry E. and Nina (Beeman) Berry. A few years later the Berrys moved to South Royalton where Frances began grade school and met the love of her life and future husband, Charles “Scrib” Chapman.
Shortly after graduation from South Royalton High School the two were married. In addition to being “blessed with three great loving sons” – Charles Craig, Randall Berry, and Peter Edward – their 65 years together brought them many adventures and much happiness in and around the home they built together on South Royalton’s Fairview Terrace.
In the midst of being a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Frances held secretarial jobs at Cone Automatic Machine Shop in Windsor, South Royalton High School, and Vermont Law School. For many years she was a participating member of the South Royalton United Church, Eastern Star, and the South Royalton Woman’s Club.
Frances always felt that her husband, children, and grandchildren were the most important parts of her life, and she took an active interest in their day-to-day lives and great pride in their accomplishments. Frances and Scrib loved the ocean and enjoyed many trips to the Maine coast, often accompanied by their grandchildren. While it was never easy for Frances to be far away from her family, she and her husband spent several late winters in Florida, enjoying the warm weather and taking in Red Sox spring training games. At home in South Royalton, Frances often attended high school ball games, continuing to root for the home team long after her children and grandchildren were grown.
She leaves behind three sons and daughters-in-law: Craig and Pennie, Randy and Nancy, and Pete and Madeleine; six grandchildren: Heidi, Michael, Amy, Beth, Corey, and Christopher; many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; and her sister, Janice Berry Rushworth.
She was predeceased by her husband in 2006, Frances looked forward to the time when they would be together again.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Vermont and New Hampshire, 66 Benning Street, Suite 6, West Lebanon, NH 03784-3407. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea.
This obituary first appeared in the March 27, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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