Frances Edwardine Cleveland
Born In: Somerville, Massachusetts, United States
Born: March 21st, 1928
Passed in: Greenwich, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: July 20th, 2011
CLEVELAND, Frances Edwardine (Twohig) (Hansen) - was born on March 21, 1928 in Somerville, Massachusetts to Ed and Luta (Wood) Twohig. The family returned to Kentville, Nova Scotia where Fran spent a wonderful childhood growing up with her three younger brothers, Ed, Ron and Frank. Many stories have been told of the rich adventures of these childhood days and of their carefree youth; skating, dancing, driving and motorcycling. Early in life she became a dedicated follower of fashion, always giving great care and thought to her attire. After completing her early education at Highbury School, Kings County Academy and Edgehill, Fran went on to study journalism for two years at Kings College and one year of secretarial studies at Mount Allison University. In 1950, Fran married Erik Hansen of Coldbrook, Nova Scotia. They lived in Connecticut, New Jersey and Ontario in the early years of their marriage. When Erik took a teaching position at Acadia University they returned home to Nova Scotia with their two small daughters, Gay and Lee. In Wolfville, daughter, Sarah and son, Rik were born. Fran poured boundless energy into the things she loved: her children and family, cooking, sewing, knitting, entertaining, Brownies and Girl Guides, dancing, swimming, paddling, hiking, skiing and of course reading. Always reading. Summers at the cottage were filled with sunshine and salt, good food shared with family and friends, swimming lessons, boating, fishing, sailing and the wonderful books Mom would read to us on those rainy days. As her children grew Fran continued her studies at Acadia part-time, earning a B.A., a B.Ed. and a M.A. in English. In the late 1970’s Fran left her marriage to explore new horizons. She pursued a varied teaching career, never staying at one position for long but always enjoying a challenge. She taught for a number of years in the prison system at Springhill and taught English as a second language with CUSO which took her to Kuching, Malaysia for three years. Running and traveling filled her spare time while in Malaysia. Upon her return Fran lived in Bedford, where she ran a driving school. She eventually settled in Kentville to be near her parents and family. She helped to manage the Towhig apartments, retiring in 1998. After retirement, Fran found new love in her current husband, Eric Cleveland. Fran and Eric fell in love on the dance floor and after several months as dance partners they were married in December 1998. Fran embraced Eric’s children and family as her own and was honoured by the way they did the same for her. Eric and Fran shared many common interests such as music and theatre, the Sierra Club, Council of Canadians, Blomidon Naturalists Society, Nature Conservancy of Canada, and the promotion of alternate energy use and environmental stewardship. Fran enjoyed creative writing through Acadia’s Life Long Learning Program, singing lessons and was active in the Canadian Federation of University Women. Together Fran and Eric faced her diagnosis with Lewy Bodies Dementia and its subsequent challenges. These were difficult days for Fran and her family as she lost the ability to enjoy her many interests and had to lay aside one activity after another. Fran remained at home until 2007 when she was hospitalized and eventually placed in a nursing home. She continued to dance, sing and entertain during her years in care, almost always with a ready smile. In 2010 she developed breast cancer. Fran’s fondness for music, ability to sing and the recognition of her loved ones stayed with her to the end. She passed away peacefully at Blomidon Court in Greenwich, Nova Scotia, July 20, 2011. Frances will be sadly missed by her husband, Eric Cleveland of Blomidon Court; her brothers and their families, Edward Twohig (Marie) of Amherst, Massachusetts; Ronald Twohig (Marie) of Kentville, Nova Scotia and Frank Twohig and Susan Twohig of Kentville, Nova Scotia; children, Gay Hansen (Thaddeus Holownia) of Sackville, New Brunswick; Lee Gillespie (Jim) of Grafton, Nova Scotia; Sarah Yntema (Elmer) of Armstrong, British Columbia; Rik Hansen (Danette Eden) of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; Jean Boston (Ron) of LaHave, Nova Scotia; Helen Seymour (Chris) of Kentville, Nova Scotia; Shirley Myers (Dick) of Kingston, Ontario; grandchildren, Joseph Holownia (Ashley Rowe) of Westchester, Nova Scotia; Inga Hansen, Theo Holownia and Julian Holownia of Sackville, New Brunswick; Tracey Smith of St. John’s Newfoundland; Niall McNeil of Vancouver, British Columbia; Caleb Gillespie (Mandy Toews) of Vernon, British Columbia; Ella Isaac (Ryan) of Aylesford, Nova Scotia; Fen Toews (Brad) of Waterville, Nova Scotia; Ida Koehn (Ben) of Goltry, Oklahoma; Matthias, Amos and Jonathan Gillespie of Grafton, Nova Scotia; Christopher Mason (Kirsten Olsen) of Slocan Park, British Columbia; Ben Mason (Sara Loscalzo) of Fort Anne, New York; Charity Mason, British Columbia; Damita and Luta Hansen of Pereau, Nova Scotia; Emily Fisher (Arron Young) of New Minas, Nova Scotia; Trevor Boston, Heather Boston, Ken Myers, Anne Myers, David Seymour and Andrew Seymour; great grandchildren, Damien Mason, Seth Isaac, Olivia Young and Cassia Toews. Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 24, 2011 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, where the funeral service, followed by a reception, was held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 25, 2011, Reverend Doctor Andrew MacRae officiating. Burial took place in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill. Donations in Fran’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice. The family would like express their sincere thanks to the staff at Soldier’s Memorial Transitional Care Unit, the Wolfville Nursing Home and Blomidon Court Nursing Home where she will also be missed. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. On-line inquiries and condolences may be directed to www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com.