Frances C. Belliveau

Passed away on February 23, 2016
CHATHAM - Born on Mansion Street in West Harwich on October 16, 1926, Frances C. Belliveau died on February 23, 2016 in Chatham, wrapped in the love of her children, completing a life well lived. Fran was a graduate of Harwich High School and The Faulkner Hospital School of Nursing Cadet Corps program. She began her nursing career at Cape Cod Hospital where she met her future husband, Philip, who always said he fell in love with her because she gave the best needle. She continued nursing after her children were older as Chatham's VNA nurse. Whatever the need, throughout her life, Fran was always there. Whether she was volunteering for Meals on Wheels, working in the church thrift shop, tending to her parents, or helping friends, she did it all with compassion. Most holiday times found family gathered in Chatham. One of the most memorable of these being the annual 4th of July celebration when all would gather on Fran and Phil's big back porch to share a cookout after the parade. She enjoyed a good game of cards, reading the morning paper and doing crosswords over coffee, going out for lunch, spending summer afternoons at the beach, cooking and trying new recipes, working with yarn and fabric, and reading the latest novels. Her home was always open and a bed ready for family and friends. Preceded in death by her parents, Roger W. and Mildred H. Cahoon and her cherished husband, Philip, with whom she shared 53 years of marriage, she is survived by her devoted children Denise Gayner and her husband Barry of Framingham, and Larry and his wife Myra of Chatham, and her doting granddaughters Anne and Jesse Gayner. She also leaves a loving sister, Rachael Jorgensen of Assonet, along with many caring nieces and nephews. Fran was our family's angel and she will be missed.A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, February 28th from 10:30-12:30 with a service beginning at 12:30 to celebrate her life at Nickerson Funeral Home, 87 Crowell Rd, Chatham, MA. For online condolences please visit