Frances Willis

Funeral Mass

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, February 8, 2020
St Aloysius Church
21 Cherry Street
New Canaan, Connecticut, United States

Obituary of Frances Jelliff Willis

Frances K. Willis, age 97, a resident of Stamford (Springdale) for 18 years, born in New Canaan and a resident there for the last 37 years, passed peacefully on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at her Schoolhouse Apartment home with her loving children by her side. She was born in New Canaan on the same property where she passed. Frances was the daughter of the late John and Ethel Jelliff Keeley. Ethel was the sister of George H Jelliff, owner of the Jelliff Mill in New Canaan. Frances was the wife of the late F. Harvey Willis. Frances was a loving wife, devoted mother and expert at spoiling her grandchildren. She loved anything to do with the ocean and being near it or just watching it gave her serenity. She was a lifelong reader, fanatic bridge player, and loved watching movies and golf, especially Arnie, Jack and Tiger. Frances is survived by her sons, Sean (Tracy) of New Milford, NJ, Chris (Vickey) of Wake Forest, NC, three daughters, Lauren DeBattista (late Charlie) of Stamford, CT, Terry Alston (Willis) of Shallotte, NC, and Penelope Jetter of St Petersburg, FL. She had seven grandchildren – Stephanie, Matthew, Patrick, Aidan, Brendan, Colleen and Laryn and six great grandchildren – Elijah, Siobhan, Thia, Nicole, Marcus and Jasper. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday February 8, 2020 at 11:00AM in St Aloysius Church, 21 Cherry St., New Canaan, CT. 06840. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Get About, PO Box 224 New Canaan, CT 06840 or St Aloysius Church.
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