Elizabeth Frances (Franny) Ludlow Marcel
February 22, 1943 -June 18, 2021Elizabeth, or Frances as she was known, passed away on June 18, 2021, at the age of 78 after a long illness. She was lovingly surrounded by her family at her home in Wrentham, Ma. Frances was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia Canada and lived most of her life in Medfield Ma. and later Wrentham, Ma. Frances is survived by her husband Henry Joseph Marcel Jr., her brother Basil Ludlow and wife Dorothy of Antigonish, Canada, and her brother Stan Ludlow and wife Vera from Glace Bay, Canada. Frances is also survived by her three children, Michelle Elizabeth (Marcel) Rzasa of Chatham, Ma., Michael Joseph Marcel of Athens, Al., and Patricia Ann Marcel of Fall River, Ma. She also had 5 grandchildren, Jackson, Rockwell, Elinor (Ellie), Rose and Justin and many cousins, nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Francis and Elizabeth (Moore)Ludlow, her sister Margie Ludlow, her brother Robert (Bobby) Ludlow, and her nephews she helped to raise, Jimmy and Paul Ludlow. Frances migrated from Canada at the age of 18 looking for adventure, new opportunities and a career. She lived briefly in Maine where she worked in a nursing home, and later settled in Dedham Ma. where she worked in a nursing home, as well as tended to 10 children as a nanny for a large Irish family. While living in Dedham, she met Henry Joseph Marcel Jr., a young and up and coming electrician. They were married in 1970, started Medfield Electric Co., started a family, and enjoyed 51years of marriage. During those 51 years of marriage, you could never find Hank or Frances as they were often gallivanting across the country in their truck and 5thwheel camper during the summer or school vacations. Some of Frances favorite spots were Amish Country in Pennsylvania, Disney World, Cape Breton Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland Canada. In later years after the kids were on their own, they would head off in the camper traveling to parts unknown with no agenda seeing everything from Kansas, Alabama, Mississippi (The rides on the Mississippi River in the paddle boats were a particular favorite), Florida, the Great Lakes, Niagara Falls and everywhere else in between. Frances was also an avid boater, enjoying 4 different boats in her years. They often traveled from Point Judith RI or Fairhaven to destinations of Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Hadley’s Harbor (a favorite spot), Block Island and many other ports. She always dreaded the huge waves in the Cape Cod Canal but secretly loved the adventure, often screaming and laughing at the same time. Frances loved the sea, the beach, lighthouses, traveling, riding on trains such as the Conway Railway, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway, the Agawam Railway in Canada and collecting spoons from all over the world. As they grew older, they loved to take their pickup truck and slide in camper out on Nauset Beach down the Cape. Frances always said you slept differently out there, and they spent many weekends enjoying the waves, seals and bonfires. When it came time for them to slow down, they enjoyed a seasonal camping spot at Bourne Scenic Park with their camper backed up near the canal. Sitting alongside the canal in a lawn chair watching the boats go by and sitting by the campfire at night with an ice cream was where you could find Frances all summer long.
Frances lived an amazing and fulfilling life, she fought bravely against cancer and went to God with her family surrounding her. Frances chose to not have any services, only requested for all who loved and cared about her to remember her in good health, happy times and to continue to share the memories so she will never be forgotten. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an institution near and dear to Frances.
Donations In Frances’s Name may be sent to: Brigham and Women’s Hospital Development Office116 Huntington Ave., 3rd Floor Boston, Ma, 02116 (617)-424-4300.
"When tomorrow starts without me, try to understand an angel came and took me by the hand. The angel said your place in heaven is ready far above and I had to leave behind all those I really love. When I walked through heavens gates, God looked down and said, “Welcome Home”. So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we are far apart for every time you think of me I am right there in your heart."