Frances Whalon, 76, Warren


Frances G. (Marshall) Whalon, 76, of 481 Child St., Warren and formerly of Bristol, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.  She was the wife of the late Melvin A. "Mel"  Whalon.

Born in Providence and raised in Bristol, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Margaret (Marine) Marshall.  A resident of Warren for 41 years, she previously resided in Bristol.  She was a 1954 graduate of Colt Memorial High School in Bristol. Fran worked as an administrative assistant for the State of Rhode Island in the Department of Labor and Training Office for 28 years before retiring in 1991. She was Bristol's Miss Fourth of July in 1953 and was a communicant of St. Elizabeth's Church, Bristol and a member of the former House of Judah Prayer Group in Bristol for many years.  Fran also loved writing poetry.

She leaves her children, Charlene A. Tributino (Jorge) of Lakeland, FL, Nancy A. Tracy (Thomas) of Warren, Karen Harris (Robert) of Largo, FL and Frederick C. Cavallaro (Cathy) of Barrington; 10 grandchildren, Jared Tributino (Pamela), Thomas McConnell, Crystal Tributino, Adam Tracy, Shaun McConnell (Sheena), Staff Sgt. Jordan Tributino, USMC, Brandon McConnell, Shanley Tracy, Chelsea Tributino and Kyle Cavallaro; six great-grandchildren, Aubrea, Kaylee, Skyla, Grace, Adalynn and Kiana; a sister, Patricia Green; and two brothers, Michael and Charles Marshall, all of Bristol.  She was a sister of the late Peggy Marshall.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26,  from the Sansone Funeral Home, 192 Wood St., Bristol, with a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. in St. Elizabeth's Church, 577 Wood St., Bristol. Burial will follow in the North Burial Ground, Hope Street, Bristol.  Visiting hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bristol Fourth of July Committee - Miss Fourth of July Pageant, P.O. 561, Bristol, RI 02809, the Warren Rescue Squad, 1 Joyce St., Warren, RI  02885, or the VNS of Newport and Bristol Counties - Hospice, 1184 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI  02871.

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