FARMINGTON – Joan R. Frost, 76, died Tuesday, May 19, at Franklin Memorial Hospital, after living with cancer for 12 years.

She was born Aug. 24, 1932, in Port Chester, N.Y., the daughter of Frederick and L. Alice (Ruckstuhl) Richter.

On Sept. 5, 1953, she married Richard Frost of Anson in Stamford, Conn. They made their home in Rangeley, where they owned and operated the Rangeley Rooster, The Rangeley Region Sport Shop and Frost Country.

She was a self-taught artist and will long be remembered for her hand-painted furniture and decoys. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with family and friends, art and “Mickey” her cat.

In the words of her son, Thomas, “A toast to our Mother….an inspiration to all who knew and loved her, you will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. Your eternal presence will shine on in our lives. Cheers!”

Her two sons survive her, Thomas Frost and his wife, Debbie, and Colby Frost and his wife, Mary, all of Rangeley; a sister, Ruth Sleeper of Laurence, Kan.; a “surrogate daughter,” Nancy Teel of Farmington. Meme is also survived by six grandchildren, Deanna Farrell and her husband, Jeff, Danielle Simmons, Doug Simmons and his wife, Suzanne, Castinia Frost, Crystal Frost and her friend, Chris Grunther and Amber Frost and her companion, Trevor Grey; great-grandchildren, Daniel, Dayla and Degan Farrell, Tucker and Maddy Simmons, Davis Riley and Cameron Frost-Grey.

She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Richard in 2005.

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