It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beautiful mother Frances Rosalie Anne Dudley (nee Martin) on May 31, 2023, at the age of 91. Fran was born in the depths of a prairie winter on December 20, 1931, in Red Deer, AB to William George Martin and Mary Lillian Martin.
The family farmed near the town of Red Deer, AB until eventually settling in Fort McLeod, AB in 1934. Fran was the middle child of five.
She became a teacher and taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Parkland, AB for two years.
On August 20, 1953, Frances and G. Bryce Dudley married and shortly thereafter moved up to the rugged north, first to Yellowknife, NWT and then to Whitehorse, YT. In 1960, with their three children in tow, the family moved to Edmonton, AB.
Over the next few years, the family added two more children to the mix. Raising a busy family was more than a full-time job. Fran also worked in a medical office for 8 years until the couple moved to White Rock, BC in 1984, where they began an idyllic lifestyle.
Fran loved gardening, volunteering with the church, and welcoming and hosting the many families and friends who came to visit. Fran worked at medical offices in South Surrey, BC until her retirement at the young age of 82 years.
Fran was a keen listener, had a kind heart and a great sense of humour. In her quiet and gentle way, Fran has left her mark on this world; In everything she has touched; and with anyone who has known her.
Forever in our hearts, Fran will be lovingly remembered by a large extended family; including her brother, Daniel Allen Martin; sister, Belinda Leola Dean; children - Debbora (Norman), Howard (Tina), Jacqueline (Warren), Teresa (Robert), Dennis (Susan); grandchildren - Adam, Grayden, Katrina, Richard, Samantha, Maddison, Jilian Frances, Makenzi, Ryan, Jason, Lauren, Brooke, Abigail; great-grandchildren - Declan, Sawyer, Liset, Anthony, Joseph, Matthew.
Predeceased in February 2022 by her husband of 68 years, G. Bryce; Also her sister, Mary Elizabeth Cook and her brother; William Brian Martin.
Funeral Services will be held at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church 2250-150 St. Surrey, BC. V4A 9J3 on Thursday, June 22, 2023 at 11:00 am.
Donations, in memory, can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association.