Frances Mary Patricia Roberts

Frances Mary Patricia (McLellan) Roberts of Reno, NV (formerly Boston, MA) passed away on December 20, 2022 surrounded by her loved ones after a brief illness.

Fran was born on December 6, 1940, in Boston, MA to parents, Edward and Dorothy (Russell) McLellan.  She was the fourth of six children.  Her siblings include, Dorothy (McLellan) Norregaard and her husband, George, (deceased) of Billerica, MA; Edward “Sonny” McLellan (deceased); Eleanor “Ellie” (McLellan) McCormack and her husband, Bill, (Deceased) of East Bridgewater, MA; Carol (McLellan) Poplin and her husband, Lloyd (Deceased) of Arlington, VA; and Robert “Bobby” McLellan and his wife, Marge, of Tybee Island, SC.  She attended Mission Hill schools in Roxbury, MA graduating from Mission Hill High School in 1958.

Fran met the love of her life, John “Jack” Roberts in 1963 on a blind date and the two would marry in 1965.  They raised three children John, Michael, and Amy in Dorchester, MA.  Fran worked in many administrative rolls throughout her career, but her favorite was working at Northeastern University where she worked for over 20 years.  She was known and loved by faculty, administrators, and students alike and was granted the prestigious John D. O’Bryant Award for her contributions to the African American community at Northeastern.   She retired from NU in 2004 to pursue her passions for writing, travelling, and volunteering at a variety of local community organizations.  She was also an active member of Waters Church in Norwood, MA serving in a variety of roles; and most recently she joined Grace Church in Reno and was very active in the Widows Group which she loved.

Fran now joins her beloved Jack in heaven as he passed away in 2018.  They are together again.  She is survived by her children, John, and his wife, Erin, of Hubbardston, MA and their children Joseph, Jacob, and Olivia; Michael and his wife, Kristina, of Dorchester, MA and their children Jack, Michael, and Sarah; and Amy (Roberts) Rowan and her husband, Daniel, of Reno, NV and their children, Madisen, Aidan, and Holden.  Fran’s greatest treasures in this world were her grandchildren.

Two separate services will be held in remembrance of Fran.  The first at Grace Church in Reno, NV on Thursday, December 22, 2022 at 10:00 AM with a reception following in Reno.  The second service will be held in Fran’s previous hometown of Walpole, MA after the new year with details pending and will be posted separately.

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