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Frances E. (Goulding) Boyce

 Needham, Frances E. (Goulding) Boyce, age 95, formerly of Braintree, died peacefully, Saturday, September 2, 2017 at North Hill in Needham, surrounded by her loving family.

Frances was born in Boston to the late Anne Eugenie (Muirhead) and Timothy F. Goulding, M.D. She was raised in Boston and was a graduate of Boston Latin School, Class of 1939. She was also a graduate of the Newton-Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing in 1942. She lived in Needham for the last four years and previously lived in Braintree for fifty-eight years.
 
As a young woman, Frances was employed as a registered nurse at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital and later at the Hackensack Hospital in New Jersey.
 
Following her marriage in 1944, she became a dedicated homemaker to her late husband, Joseph, their seven children and also proudly served as a foster mother to several children. Frances was totally dedicated to her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, actively supporting all their activities and accomplishments.
 
Frances was a longtime active parishioner and daily communicant at Saint Thomas More Church in Braintree where she served as a Eucharistic Minister. She was a woman of faith with a strong devotion to the Virgin Mary.
 
Beloved wife for sixty-eight years of the late Joseph F. Boyce.
 
Devoted mother of Mary F. Boyce of Louisville, KY, Anne B. Baker and her husband Gerard of Westwood, Peter J. Boyce and his wife Marjorie of Boston, Patricia B. Davison and her husband William of North Andover, James P. Boyce and his wife Cindy of Indianapolis, IN, John T. Boyce and his wife Maryann of Boston and Timothy F. Boyce and his wife Gail of Lincoln, RI.
 
Cherished grandmother of sixteen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and loving great grandmother of the late Joseph Keane.
 
Sister of the late William M. Goulding. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
 
Visiting Hours at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Tuesday, September 5th from 4 – 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Cecilia’s Church, 18 Belvidere Street, Boston on Wednesday, September 6th at 10 o’clock. There will be a brunch immediately following the Funeral Mass. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
 
Private Interment Services will be held at Saint Paul’s Cemetery in Arlington.
 
For those who wish, donations in memory of Frances may be made to the Joseph Keane Memorial Fund, c/o Bridgeport Hospital Foundation, Inc., 267 Grant Street, Bridgeport, CT 06610 or to Autism Speaks, 85 Devonshire Street, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02109.

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September 6, 2017
Rest in eternal peace, Aunt Fran. Always one of the very good people on this earth. You will be missed.

~ John Anderson

 

September 6, 2017
Our condolences to all the Boyce family. We have lost a memorable lady.

~ Jack & Mary Anderson

 

September 5, 2017
Dear Jack, We are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if you need anything.

~ Alfred & Philip Arcidi

 

September 5, 2017
Dear Peter, we extend our deepest prayers, thoughts and condolences to all in regard to your Mother's passing into the Eternity of love and peace. We pray that everyone will derive comfort from her ongoing love, spiritual presence, and from the many memories that she created and shared during her long life with you.

~ Michael Desmond & Family

 

September 5, 2017
So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Every time I drive by the old house I still see Mrs. Boyce's smilling face greeting me at the door. No mater how I felt, I felt better after Mrs Boyce welcomed me into her home. Yes, those were very good days !

~ David Lauria

 

September 4, 2017
Some of my fondest childhood memories took place in the Boyce house, where Mrs. Boyce always took care of us with snacks and drinks. We'd be watching The Three Stooges, and Mrs. Boyce would bring in popcorn, adding to the enjoyment. She was awesome! Those were the days...

~ Tom MacDonald

 

September 4, 2017
My deepest condolences and love to you all. Fran was one of the most gentle, kind, and wise women that I have ever known. Her vocations of nursing, raising a large family, and personal service in church and her community all expressed her vast generosity of spirit. I am honored to say that she was my godmother, and there never could have been a woman more apt. She quietly modeled every quality I admire, and I am truly blessed for having known her. While we are all sad today for our loss, it is a lovely comfort to imagine her now, finally reunited with her dear husband Joe (my godfather). I am thankful that they are together now, spirits unencumbered by the frailties of life.

~ Gloria Patti Wallace

 

September 4, 2017
I now know where your calling came from Anne- my prayers go out to you & your family.

~ Elizabeth Dickerson

 

September 4, 2017
Pat and family, please accept our condolences for the loss of your Mom. She was a wonderful example of how to live this life. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

~ Jane and Gil DeLue

 

September 4, 2017
Dear Mary and Boyce family, We are so sorry for your loss. Fran was such a gift, always kind and filled with the Spirit. While we lament her departure from this life, we rejoice in the conviction that God and all the heavenly angels have welcomed her home with great joy. Be assured of our prayers on your behalf for God's grace and mercy. We are with you and we love you.

~ Karen and Carmen

 

September 4, 2017
Aunt Fran, Thank you for your caring intelligence that you kindly shared with me wrapped up in your loving hug and sweet smile. One family story says you calmly popped my eye back in my socket when I fell down the stairs, age 4 or so. A terrific nurse and loving aunt. Thank you for everything. I know that you are embraced In God's shining light now and I am happy for you. God Bless You. Love Jean

~ Jean Anderson (Niece)

 

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