1920 – 2014

AUBURN — Frances T. Passalaqua, 93, of Auburn, went home to the Lord on Sunday, July 6, at Clover Healthcare.

She was born in Farmington on Dec. 29, 1920, the youngest of 13 children born to Luther and Florence Turner of Farmington.

She graduated in 1939 from Farmington High School. Frances attended Farmington State Teachers College for a short time, before leaving to get married and start a family. She later returned to college when she was in her early 50s to finish classes for her teaching certificate.

She married Colby Atwood Dill on Dec. 4, 1943, in Chesterville. Tragically, Colby died on June 30, 1945. France later met and married Albert Philip Passalaqua on Oct. 4, 1948, in Auburn.

She was an avid animal lover and held a special fondness for black cats. She loved to volunteer her time and spent many years volunteering with the American Red Cross at local blood drives, while earning several gallon pins for her own blood donations.

Frances was a longtime member of Court Street Baptist Church in Auburn, where she was very devoted in serving her Lord. She took great joy in teaching Sunday school and serving as the Sunday school secretary.

Over the years, Frances worked at Crest Shoe, Pineland, Tworag Center and the John F. Murphy Homes, as well as a housekeeper for a local physician and pastor.

She is survived by four sons, Colby Dill, Battista “Tony” Passalaqua Sr., and Anthony Passalaqua, all of Auburn, and Albert Passalaqua Jr. and his companion, Kim Holt, of Minot; four daughters, Colleen Michaud and companion, James Bucci, Wanda Passalaqua and Antoinette “Ann” St. Hilaire and her husband, George, of Auburn, and Florence Henley and her husband, Richard, of Florida; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husbands and 12 brothers and sisters.

The family would like to thank the staff at Androscoggin Home Hospice and Clover Healthcare for the care they gave Frances.

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