Frances Ronelle Bloxam

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Frances Ronelle Bloxam
BATH - Frances Ronelle Bloxam embarked on her final travels at home on the morning of Saturday, July 5, 2014. Frannie was born on Nov. 25, 1934 in Tremont, Ill., the daughter of Michael and Mabel Freidinger Beyer. As a young woman she graduated with High Honors from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where she met and married her husband and traveling companion of 58 years, Richard Bloxam. When the U.S. Army deployed Dick to Vicenza, Italy shortly after their wedding, Frannie sailed alone to join him while expecting their first child. Her love of travel and adventure continued throughout her life.
Frannie and Dick raised their five children in West Chicago, Ill. Frannie gave her kids a marvelous childhood, encouraging independence, curiosity, imagination, and a love of music and books. Every season, Frannie made sure that her small band of young campers were made ready for trips throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic states, traveling in a pop-up trailer with the two family dogs, a boat and an outboard loaded in their Suburban. As her children grew, Frannie became a preschool teacher, where she discovered her greatest pleasure, reading aloud to children.
In 1985, Frannie earned her RN from the College of DuPage in Illinois, graduating with High Honors.
Fifteen months in Brunswick at Bowdoin College in 1970-71 instilled in Frannie and Dick a great love for the state of Maine. In 1972 they bought a home in Cundy's Harbor, where the family summered for many years. When Dick retired in 1989, he and Frannie moved to their current home in Bath, Maine. For the next 25 years, Frannie and Dick enjoyed boating on Casco Bay, motorcycling throughout the Eastern seaboard, and international travel to many countries.
Throughout her life, Frannie enjoyed handwork of all kinds. She braided rugs, caned chairs, refinished old furniture, sewed clothes for her children and grandchildren, and made stuffed animals. Late in life quilting became her passion, an expression of her loving nature and artistry. Family and many of her friends received gifts of her colorful, impeccably made quilts, and now have them to remember her by.
As a wife and mother, Frannie was a great writer of family humor, limericks and funny song lyrics. With her children grown, she began a successful career as a writer of children's books, publishing three titles with DownEast Books: Antlers Forever! (2001), Little Tom Turkey (2005), and Beau Beaver Goes to Town (2009). Antlers Forever! is a favorite of Maine Senator Susan Collins's to read to children when she visits schools. Shortly before Frannie's death, Maine's Raising Readers program selected Antlers Forever! to be given to every child in the state at their five-year well-child checkup. Her late career as an author gave Frannie great delight. She loved reading her books to children, seeing their rapt faces and hearing their funny and insightful comments.
Frannie lives on in the memories and hearts of Richard, her husband; her children Jenny Bloxam, Peggy Hodges (Kevin), Paula O'Halloran (Jim), Mike Bloxam (Kim Strosnider) and Amy Totten (Mark); and Frannie's six grandchildren, Isaiah and Naomi Day, Michael and Emily Totten, and Zach and Zoe Bloxam. Many, many friends will also remember her with love and affection.
Friends are welcome to join the family for any or all of the following: Visitation at David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath on Thursday July 10th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.; Funeral Services at the funeral home on Friday, July 11th at 11:00 a.m.; and a reception in celebration of Frannie's life at the family home, 1 Kennebec Circle, Bath also on Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Interment will be private. To express thoughts and condolences to the family please visit www.desmondfuneralhomes.com
In lieu of flowers,
gifts may be made to:
CHANS Hospice Care
60 Baribeau Dr.
Brunswick ME 04011 or to:
St. Jude's Ranch for Children at stjudesranch.org.
Frances Ronelle Bloxam

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David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home
638 High Street
Bath, ME 04530
207-443-4567
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on July 8, 2014
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