BELMONT — Frances M. Staples, 96, passed suddenly and peacefully, Nov. 26, 2020.  She couldn’t wait any longer to join her husband, Chester, who predeceased her in 2002.

Frances was a fantastic mom to two daughters. Sharon, the eldest, married to Larry Robbins of Belmont, predeceased her in 2015.  Donna, the youngest, married Robert E. Bonia, and lives in Middleboro, Mass.  Frances was also the loving grandmother of Lori Robbins of Texas, Lisa Robbins of Maine, Jeffrey Kenney of Massachusetts, Kathleen McDonald of North Carolina and Robert A. Bonia of Massachusetts.  She was the great-grandmother of five and the great-great-grandmother of five.

Frances was a hard worker all her life.  She was born in 1924 in Stonington, graduated from high school there, and then moved to Portland with her parents and brother. There she was introduced to her one love, Chester. After he served his country in the Navy, they married in 1945. They led a quiet life in Falmouth, then moved to Belmont, where they became poultry farmers. To help supplement their income, Frances also worked in the pants factory, took in sewing and alterations and co-raised two daughters, who she also taught to sew.

Frances’ hobbies were (you guessed it), sewing plus knitting, crocheting, reading, putting together puzzles, and learning to use her tablet to play brain games.  She spent her last three years just 10 minutes from her daughter’s home at the Hannah B.G. Shaw Home of the Aged, receiving the best care as she declined in mobility.

A 10 a.m. graveside service will be held at Pease Cemetery in Belmont on Thursday, May 19.  Feel free to bring a chair if needed during the service.


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