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"IVI" 2003 Obituary


IVISON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-13 published
LEIGHTON, Frances Marie (IVISON)
After a long decline due to Alzheimer's Disease, Frances died on Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at Chelsey Park Nursing Home, London, Ontario, where she had lived for the last year. She is survived by her children Douglas and his wife Phyllis of London, Gordon and his wife Martina of Minnetonka, Minnesota, and Beverly of Ingersoll, Ontario; by eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter by her sister-in-law Margaret BRIGHT; and by a number of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband James A. LEIGHTON in 1986 and by her second husband Clifford JONES in 1999. The youngest child of Russell and Eva IVISON, Frances was born in Zone Township on December 9, 1919 and was the last surviving member of her family. Educated in London, she was a member of a remarkable generation which matured through ten years of economic depression and six years of war. Following her marriage to Jim LEIGHTON in 1941, she lived in London, Hamilton and Dundas before returning to London in 1983. Always active in community affairs, Frances' presence made a difference to many organizations such as the Dundas Baptist Church, Information Dundas and Mission Services of London. Intellectually and musically gifted, she was an excellent pianist and possessed a fine alto voice. Her energy, organizational skills and commitment to family and community will be greatly missed. Friends may call on Friday from 7-9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, Richmond Street at St. James, London. Visitation will continue during the hour preceding the funeral service which will be conducted at Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church, 442 William Street at Queen's Avenue, London on Saturday, March 15 at 2: 00 p.m. Private interment later in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Society or Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church would be gratefully acknowledged.

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