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Frances Gourlay

September 27, 1933 May 2, 2019
Frances Gourlay
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Obituary for Frances Gourlay

Frances Marion Gourlay (Wicha), of South Lyon, passed away May 2, 2019, at the young age of 85. She was born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, and often described herself as the Energizer Bunny, or a Timex watch because she never gave up. Even when all odds were against her, Fran kept fighting to ensure she was there for her family - and of course, her fluffy orange
cat, Charlie. When we found him as a straggly stray on the street, she was hesitant to take him in. But Fran ended up loving Charlie more than anyone could have expected. They prayed their rosary each morning and went outside for brushes every afternoon. As she aged, it's their routine and companionship that kept her going - and kept her cleaning with all the cat hair. Actually, who are we kidding, she would've kept cleaning even without Charlie. Fran loved her housework routine - almost as much as she loved shopping at JCPenny with coupons.

Fran moved to the States at age 20 and worked a good job with Ford. She got homesick after a while and toyed with the idea of moving back to Canada. But then she met Don. Their whirlwind romance began quick, but lasted a strong 50 years until Don passed away. Together, they raised - and are survived by - four children: Donna (Joe), David (Mary), Diane (Greg) and Carolyn (Tim). She is also survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren (plus one on the way). She loved her family more than anything and for her last wish, asked everyone to stay close.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Michigan Humane Society.

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Event Information

Services are private.

Cemetery Details


Great Lakes National Cemetery Final Resting Place

4200 Belford Rd.
Holly, MI 48442

4200 Belford Rd. Holly 48442 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 

262 Danny Thomas
Memphis, TN 38105

Michigan Humane Society

30300 Telegraph Rd., Ste. 220
Bingham Farms, MI 48025

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