Frances R. Colson, 91, died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, surrounded by her family at the Knox Center in Rockland. Born in Long Cove, St. George, June 6, 1926, she was the eldest of four children of Stanley and Elsa Hendrixson Carlson. She attended St. George schools, graduating with the class of 1945.

Jan. 1, 1947, Frances married Ralph E. "Bud’"Colson in Rockland.

Frances worked at Port Clyde Packing Co. and Green Island Packing Co., both in Rockland. Years later, she became the owner of Seagull Lunch on Tilson Avenue in Rockland. Later she turned that establishment into a shrimp plant, where she employed 30 workers processing shrimp. After that, she became the owner of Long Cove Lobster. In that business, Frances and her nephew, Stanley Carlson, transported lobsters from Bass Harbor to Portland. Following that, she went on to drive for Coastal Trans, where she escorted patients to and from their cancer therapy appointments.

Frances thoroughly enjoyed her trips to many different casinos. She also loved her friendships with Bill Cummings Lobster Co., Nathan Fuller, Martha Flint at Key Bank and her neighbors David and Carol Emery, Mike and Melly Gero, Clara Reed, Astrid Weaver and Dagmar Robbins.

Other than her parents, Frances was predeceased by her nephew, Stanley Carlson, whom she considered a son. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Ralph E. "Bud" Colson, of Tenants Harbor; a sister, Nancy Thibodeau, of Friendship; several nieces and nephews: Richard Carlson, his wife, Holly, and their son, Shawn; Brice Carlson, his wife and children; Dale Carlson; Denise Carlson Morris and her three children; Gary Thibodeau, his sons, Steven Cowan and Adam Thibodeau; Nathan Thibodeau, his wife, Heidi, and their two children; Renee Thibodeau Tainter and her children; Wanda Ausplund, her husband, David, and their children.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21. Pastor William Hickey will officiate. A reception will follow at the funeral home’s 104 Limerock reception center. Spring interment will be in Seaside Cemetery, Tenants Harbor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. George Firefighters and Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 249, Tenants Harbor, ME 04860. To share a memory or story with Frances’ family, visit their online Book of Memories at