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Isabel Francis

Isabel J. Francis (Thomas)

Wednesday, October 22nd, 1924 - Friday, May 29th, 2020
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“Katsi tsiah”

Akwesasne- Isabel J. Francis, 95, a longtime resident of 3rd Street, St Regis Village, died peacefully Friday May 29th 2020, surrounded by her loving family at the Cornwall Community Hospital after a brief illness.

Isabel was born October 22, 1924 in St Regis, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Christie (Smith) Thomas. She attended the school in St. Regis Village. Later, she worked as a liaison officer for over 20 years at Bishop Macdonell, GVSS, CCVS, St. Lawrence High School and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. Isabel’s guidance for students was far reaching which is evident by the many testimonials passed on to her family. They recount how her advice and wisdom helped them shape their lives and careers up to this day. She also contributed to her community as a member of council for MCA from 1980-1982.

Isabel was the matriarch of her family and cherished the times they were together. She greatly enjoyed sitting on her front porch watching the St. Lawrence river, feeding her birds and playing bingo. She was a devout communicant of the St. Regis Catholic church and member of the Akwesasne death benefits. Isabel is survived by her large and loving family of children: Lila Lazore (Tom), Laura Paulette, Peggy Mitchell, Dale Jock (Fred White), Dawn Roundpoint (Russel), Tim Francis (Darlene), Becky Bero (Dwight), Hilary Lafrance (Bill), and twins Peter Francis (Patty) Paul Francis (Dianna), 27 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild along with many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Louis, a son Dennis Francis, her son in laws William Mitchell, James “Jimmy-John” Jock & Mike Paulette, her sisters Louise Seymour and Cecilia Ransom, and her brother, Angus Thomas.

Isabel was an avid fan of the Montreal Canadians. Watching Saturday night Habs games were among her favorite memories. Recently, she obtained personally autographed memorabilia signed by her favorite Habs great, Guy Lapointe.

In accordance with the current health restrictions, an attendance controlled viewing will begin at 2 PM on Wednesday until 9 PM and 9 AM till 1 PM on Thursday at the Donaldson Funeral Home in Massena, New York. Those in attendance are asked to observe social distancing and use of facial coverings. Due to recent changes in restrictions, funeral services will be required to be held privately.

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    Kateri Cemetery
    St. Regis Road
    Akwesasne, NY 13655
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Brian Gilmour

Posted at 09:05am
My condolences to the many members of Isabel’s family. My special thoughts to Peter and Paul, who were my students and members of our GV lacrosse team.
When I learned of Isabel’s passing, I was sad, but soon my emotion turned to joy. Joy that I had the good fortune to know and work alongside this wonderful person. As a teacher, coach and administrator at GV, I saw the care, concern, and inspiration that Isabel shared with her students. I remember during breaks between periods or at lunch time, she would stand just outside her office door. As students walked by, she was ever, watchful, ever cheerful, and ever on the alert for someone who needed comfort or support. She shared her smile a thousand times a day. With the Akwesasne students she was a beacon of light providing guidance. With the rest of the staff she provided insight into the cultural needs of her students.
When I decided to form a school lacrosse team to showcase the talents of our Akwesasne athletes, she was an enabler. And when the team qualified for an Ontario championship, she approached the Band Council for transportation support and sent us off to Toronto.
As she joins the spiritual world, her spirit will remain among us, as will our memories of this very special person. Brian Gilmour GV 1972-82

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Posted at 10:51pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Donald George

Posted at 06:13pm
Grace and kindness. These two words come to mind when remembering this very special lady.
How fortunate was I to have such a warm and caring person impact my life.
She made this world a better place.

Anne Woods

Posted at 09:46am
My sincere sympathy goes out to Lila and all of Isabel’s family. She was one of a kind! I will always remember her for her welcoming smile and her capacity for kindness. She was truly a gentle lady and a valued colleague at General Vanier. Rest In Peace, Isabel.
Anne Woods

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Posted at 02:20am
In honor of Grandma/great-Tota. You taught us what it is like to have a heart big enough to love so many. We will miss you forever.
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