Frances H. Bean, 82: Devoted mother and grandmother

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PORTLAND — Frances H. Bean, 82, died Feb. 26 at Maine Medical Center after a brief illness.

She was born in Portland on May 8, 1929, to Joseph and Lillian Peters Gallant.

Bean graduated from Portland High School and went to work for Maine National Bank until she married her husband of 62 years, Frank G. Bean Jr. Together they moved to Falmouth and raised five children.

In 1968, she went to work at Maine Medical Center as an electrocardiography tech. She later became one of the first cardiac thoratic technicians in the cath lab.

After she retired in 1993, Bean became a member of the Friends of the Falmouth Memorial Library and served as its president. She was also involved with the Women of the Rotary, Women’s Literary Guild and the League of Women Voters. She was a Eucharistic minister at Holy Martyrs Church in Falmouth. She also enjoyed playing in a bridge league with her friends. She also developed an interest in gardening and was a voracious reader who enjoyed a good mystery.

The highlight of her life were her children and 10 grandchildren. She had a special relationship with each one and delighted in their lives.

Bean was predeceased by her parents; her brothers Thomas Gallant and Joseph Gallant; and her sister Elizabeth Cloutier. She is survived by her husband, Frank G. Bean Jr.; children, Frank G. Bean III and is wife Joanne Bean of Scarborough, Nancy Begin of Bradford, Mass., Susan Mathews and her husband Donal Mathews of Falmouth, Laurie Lenzi and her husband Marc Lenzi of Scarborough, and Dianne Armishaw and her husband William Armishaw of Scarborough; grandchildren Thomas Begin, Nicholas Begin and his wife, Jen, Michael Begin, Kelsey Robitaille and her husband, Jake, Jennifer Lenzi, Daniel Lenzi, Zachary Bean, William Armishaw, Victoria Armishaw and Samantha Armishaw.

At her request, there were no visiting hours. A Memorial Mass was held on March 3 at Holy Martyrs Church in Falmouth.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, ME 04105.

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