Mary D. (Ashe) Frank

Date of Passing:

August 18, 2022

Mary Dolores (Ashe) Frank, 93, of Barrington, passed away peacefully on August 18, 2022, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Springfield, Mass. to Mary (Flaherty) and Joseph Ashe, she lived in Barrington for 57 years. Mary was the beloved wife of Kenneth I. Frank (deceased 1996) for over 45 years. She is survived by her daughters Karen Marrone (husband Tony), Lisa Gallant (husband Stephen) and Tracey (husband Dennis) and her five grandchildren (Nicholas, Brittany, Joseph, Casey and Shane).

A resident of Barrington for close to 60 years, Mary worked as a bank teller at Fleet Bank, first in Bristol and then Barrington, for 20 years.

Mary was a parishioner of St. Luke’s Church and a member of Young at Heart Seniors. She was a longtime volunteer for the Town Election Committee, Meals on Wheels and the Barrington School Department in Mrs. Stoner’s class.

Whether it was in Barrington, Cape Cod or Nantucket, Mary loved spending the day at the beach and enjoyed the outdoors. Mary was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She appreciated the wonderful community of Barrington and cherished her animals, family, friends, Church, and neighborhood.

Always thoughtful and kind, her giving spirit and genuine concern for others will be missed by all who knew her.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington. In lieu of flowers contributions in Mary’s memory to St. Luke’s Church, 108 Washington Road, Barrington, RI 02806 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. Mary came into our busy kindergarten classroom for many years. She was a wonderful addition ! I always had a nice adult table and chair for her . Mary worked preparing and labeling many educational activities for the children. she was devoted and loyal to this volunteer position.. The children loved having her there! I send my condolences to her family and will always remember her kindness. the two of us always had a good chuckle over the adorable and sometimes not so adorable children! peace Mary.. Sleep well… MrsStoner.. 💕🌸💕

  2. Just found out about Mary’s passing. I’m so sorry. Mary and Ken were close pals with my parents, Barbara and Joe, on Rustwood Dr. Mary was always so bright,
    upbeat, and positive. She sure was patient with my Mom’s eccentricities during the Alzheimer years.
    God Bless, Mary. Have a heavenly good time up there with with the old neighbors.
    Sincerely, Will Walsh

  3. Karen, so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I know you have many happy memories of her. Sending my love. Ginny

  4. Karen and family, she must of been a amazing person, she was very beautiful. We pray that god will take her to his kingdom where she will be loved and suffer no more.

  5. Karen, sorry to hear about your mother. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Your Mother was a great person.

  6. What can I say… What an exceptional lady in what a beautiful soul.. I remember watching Alvin and the Chipmunks over at the house in Framingham and I remember her and your dad’s ultimate kindness and humor at all times.. as I grew older she would always send me a little note in the mail and always check in to see how I was doing with mykel… She loves kitty cats as I did and we would always talk about our pets and I remember once I had had my son how she actually came up to visit me in the little tiny shanty of an apartment I had on Solferino st. She had a very matter of fact way of speaking and she always said something soothing followed by that infamous laugh of hers my mother and Betty O’Connell and Ruth Gadus… As well as my Aunt Dot all were the original members of what they used to refer to as the rat pack.. nothing but happy memories surround the memory of your beloved mother and your dad as us kids were growing up. She is not gone; she is just further down the path., She is just right there but just through the veil! Love you all, Sandy Lento & son Mykel.

  7. Our deepest condolences for your loss. We’ll have your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. I met Mary at St Luke’s Church,and since I lived not far from her, offered to pick her up for mass.. We became fast friends and pretty soon I would help her run errands as well. We would usually stop at the Bagel shop when we were done with errands… Mary loved that! Tracey, Karen and Lisa… please accept my deepest condolences. Dearest Mary, Rest in Peace ❤️?

  9. Lisa,
    I’m very sorry for your loss. May your mother Rest In Peace!

  10. Dear Karen, Lisa,Tracey and families, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Mary was the last of our parents incredible group of dear friends.They met as young couples — kids really and remained dedicated to each other through their entire lives.

    Through the years Mare and I would randomly call each other. She always talked about how proud she was of her children and exceedingly proud of her beautiful grand children. She always said she was okay other than dealing with the “small” issues of getting older. She never lamented her worries.

    One particular call was shortly after my father died, she had something health issue going on that I wanted to check in about. The call started with me asking her about her, and quickly turned to how she missed her old gang of the particular friends our folks were part of. She talked about the laughs they had, the tears they shared.

    For some reason I just lost it and broke down in tears during this call. In a way I hadn’t at Dad’s funeral. Here I was checking in on her and of course she was more worried about me. She very sweetly said, you sound like your mother when you cry. (I was full on gurgling, choking on breath, not a pretty sounding cry at all — whatever that is.)

    That made us both laugh, as my mother hated being an ugly crier and would joke about it often. Mary let loose her Mary laugh,(Nothing else like it in the world.) and we had a good giggle about how it was one of the few things my mom was vain about. Then she joked about how Rust wood Drive was a great place for widows. Oh Mary I will miss you. ❤️ ?? Love, Laur

  11. Karen I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers. May she Rest In Peace

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