After a wonderful and long life, Frances Boss Henry died on February 1, 2022, at her daughter’s home in Leland, NC.
Frances was born on August 1, 1935, in Beacon, New York. She moved to Fishkill in 1979 and returned to Beacon in 2012. She was the daughter of Irving Ward Boss and Helen Porter Hodge Boss. She was a 1953 graduate of Beacon High School. She married Samuel Henry, Jr. at the First Methodist Church in Beacon on December 17, 1955.
Fran was employed by the Beacon News, Texaco, Inc., and was a Teaching Assistant at Roy C Ketcham High School for many years before retiring in 1996. During her career, Fran also enjoyed working at IBM and for local businesses Grants Department Store, Walsh’s Drug Store and the Alps Sweet Shop. Fran knew that the best way to live her life was to serve others. She was a volunteer at the Animal Rescue Foundation in Beacon and served as a Literacy Volunteer. An active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Beacon, Fran served as an Elder, a Deacon and taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for several years.
Fran was a founding member of the YaYa’s and a member of the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club.
Fran is survived by her daughters Sandra Wilson (Geoffrey), Kathleen Newton (Mark), Dawn Laird (Charlie) and son Daniel Henry (Shelly), 7 grandchildren, Katie Sinnett (Rick), Laney Newton, Jonathan Wilson, Matthew Wilson, Trevor Wilson, Kimberly Carson (Zachary) and Kristina Dobson (Timothy). 5 great grandchildren Brynis, Lochlan and Ivy Sinnett, and Danica and Jessica Carson. Also surviving are her brother Carl Boss (Linda), sister Dora Russell and sister-in-law Auncey Boss and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband Samuel Henry, Jr., her parents, her parents-in-law, Samuel and Jemima Henry, siblings Eugene, David and Katherine Boss, Janet Bopp, and Carol Anderson, brothers-in law, Richard Russell, Robert Anderson, Edward Link, Willard Masker, Sr, sisters-in-law Helen Link, Charlotte Masker and Chris Boss as well as great grandson Finnian Sinnett, nephews Darin and Joseph Russell, Tucker Link, Michael Masker and niece Debra Dougherty.
Fran treated everyone who crossed her path with extraordinary kindness. She felt blessed by her large family. She had an innate ability to connect with others and nurtured loving relationships throughout her life. She will be remembered for her birthday cakes, her meatballs, her egg sandwiches and especially her Thanksgiving pies. Fran was an avid walker and the streets of Beacon and Fishkill will now ring a little hollow. Her footsteps and ready smile will be missed.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Animal Rescue Foundation, PO Box 1129, Beacon, NY 12508, Blodgett Memorial Library, 37 Broad St, Fishkill, NY 12524, Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation, 80 Washington Street, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601 or Lower Cape Fear Life Care Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.