Frances Marion (Vigliotti) Gibson
Thu, 08/19/2021 - 12:56pm Heraldgroton
Frances Marion (Vigliotti) Gibson, age 100, of Groton and former long-time resident of Concord passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 17, 2019 with her family by her side. She was the wife of the late George Berl Gibson. Frances Marion Vigliotti was born on May 16, 1921 at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts a daughter to the late Luigi Enrico and Osanna Louisa (Donini) Vigliotti.
Raised in the family home and farm in West Concord, Frances graduated from Concord High School with the class of 1939. In 1944 she married George Berl Gibson and they remained in Concord where they raised their family. Frances was a devoted wife and loving mother who valued her cherished role as the ma- triarch of the family. In her early years she worked various part- time jobs throughout the Concord community including Richardson’s Drug Store, Howard Johnson’s, and the West Concord 5 & 10. She also owned a small nursery school from her home as well as working for the Concord Public Library and the Concord Middlesex Savings Bank.
When her husband retired, they purchased a travel trailer and headed west to see the country. To see the “Purple Mountains and Amber Waves of grain” was her description. Following the death of her husband in 1981, she purchased a home in Bingham, Maine in 1984 and opened Mrs. G’s Bed and Breakfast. She was fondly known as “The Mayor of Bingham”. She was known for her famous blueberry muffins made from Maine’s wild blueberries, her apple pies, and her chocolate chip cookies, all enjoyed by her guests, friends in Bingham and family near and far. In 2010 Frances moved to RiverCourt Residences in West Groton to be near her daughter Joanne and her family. She was a member of the RiverCourt chorus, the knitting club, and was an avid poker player, a seamstress altering clothing for the residents and making aprons from material with lobsters on it for all the kitchen staff for their annual Lobster Fest. She was also known as “Mrs G. Vice Director of RiverCourt”. Most of all she cherished her grandchildren, guiding them from birth to adulthood, setting an example of how to navigate the hills and valleys of life. Nan was a good listener and the keeper of secrets. She always found the good in people. She loved deeply, was a devoted friend, storyteller and a very bright presence in so many lives.
Frances is survived by her daughter Joanne Gibson Schorn and her husband Tom of Groton and her son William Gibson of Pepperell; her sister-in-law Joan Vigliotti of Homosassa, FL; grandchildren, Laura Schorn, Tommy Schorn, Mark Schorn and his wife Amy, Rob Dunlap, Anna Gibson Morin and Michael Gibson and his wife Katerina; great-grandchildren, Arianna Frankel, Lila Frankel and Max Frankel, Ava Schorn, Cynthia Morin and Kayla Dunlap Peaslee; great-great-grandchil- dren, Simon Peaslee and his sis- ter Olivia Peaslee. Frances was predeceased by her husband George Berl Gibson, brother Louis Vigliotti and his wife Edith, brother Paul Vigliotti; her son George B. Gibson Jr. and her daughter Judith Gibson Dunlap; nephew “Littleman” Louie Vigliotti and her great nephew Edward Vigliotti Pacito lovingly known as “Redwood”.
Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Frances for a graveside service on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her memory to Massachusetts Audubon, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln, Mass 01773. www.massaudubon.org
Arrangements under the care of Concord Funeral Home, A Life Celebration Home, Concord. To share a memory or offer a condolence visit: www.concordfuneral.com