Frances “Fran” Wotton Lawry, 87, a resident of Lawrence Avenue and most recently of the Cushing Homestead where she made many new friends, died Jan. 5, 2010, at Maine Medical Center in Portland after a period of failing health.

Fran was born April 15, 1922, in Thomaston, the daughter of Raymond L. and Rena Simmons Wotton. She graduated from Thomaston High School.

She was employed with several local businesses, including the O’Hara Fish Co. and Sylvania in Waldoboro. In 1963 she moved to North Attleboro, Mass., where she worked for the Marlborough Drug Store for 16 years, returning to Thomaston in 1979.

Active in her community, she was a member of the Federated Church, Achorn Grange in Cushing, a 50-year member of Grace Chapter 93, Order of the Eastern Star, the Owls Head Extension, and the Mid-Coast Kora Shrine Ladies.

Fran had a lifelong love of growing flowers, and was well known for her cooking and baking skills. She found great joy in helping others.

She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred “Wimpy” Lawry; her daughter, Judith Lawry in 1948; and a brother, Kenneth R. Wotton.

Fran is survived by a cousin, Margaret Gagnon of Friendship; her close friends, the Gammage family and the Schooley family, all of Thomaston; and her special friend, Josephine Griffin of Northboro, Mass.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, Jan. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hall & Bibber Funeral Home, 78 Main St. in Thomaston, with a 3 p.m. Eastern Star service. A celebration of Fran’s life will be held Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Federated Church on Hyler Street in Thomaston, with Pastor Jackie Brannan.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mid-Coast Shrine Ladies, c/o Sue Kiskilla, 787 River Road, Cushing, ME 04563.

Arrangements are with Hall & Bibber Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Thomaston. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to