Mary Frances Carey-MacDonald

Mary Frances Carey-MacDonald     
5/9/40-1/24/21
Mary Frances Carey-MacDonald passed away Sunday, January 24th in Chatham. She leaves her three children: Jennifer Olsen of Homer, Alaska, Sean Carey of Chatham and Jacqueline Carey of Hood River, Ore.; her sister in law Joanne Tweed; nieces and nephews, including Jonathan Rafuse, Heather Higgins and Amanda Rafuse. She was pre-deceased by her brother John Rafuse and sister in law Patricia Rafuse. Mary Fran (Frannie) was preceded in death by the love of her life, Roderick MacDonald.
Mary Fran was born in Milton on May 9th, 1940 to Laurence M Rafuse and Mary J (McDuffie) Rafuse. She graduated from Milton High School in 1957. Frannie had a lifelong friendship with many of her childhood mates, including one of her dearest friends, Carol Queeney.
After a brief stint at nursing school, Frannie attended Stonehill College, where she graduated in 1962 with an English degree. It was there where she met another of her life-long and loyal friends, Angie Griffin.
Mary Fran became a social worker and was employed by MA Department of Public Welfare Division of Child Guardianship in 1963. She later worked for New Bedford Child and Family Services, where she was an adoption social worker. She was passionate about this work and absolutely loved her career in adoption.
After a full time move to Chatham in 1970, Mary Fran raised three children and had a home where all were welcome. Her loving and caring personality nurtured all of those around. Her home was always filled with fun, love, and laughter.
Frannie later worked for the Chatham Visiting Nurse Association and was known for her compassion and solid work ethic.
After marrying Rod in 1992, Mary Fran had some of the happiest years of her life. They enjoyed gardening, cooking, traveling, and being with family. Most notably, they loved every minute they spent together.
A few years after Rod’s death, Mary Fran moved to the Victorian and then to Liberty Commons, where the staff became like family over the years. Sandra Hodgson was also a loyal and dedicated friend and visited Mary Fran numerous times a week. More recently, Broad Reach Hospice workers and volunteers proved to be compassionate, loving and caring. We will be forever grateful for the love and care she received. Mary Fran had her spitfire sense of humor up until the end. Frannie will be dearly missed by many friends, family and especially by her children—she was the best mom in the whole world. She is now at peace and back by the side of her love, Rod. Per her wishes, Mary Fran will be buried with her lipstick and eyelash curler.
Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, everyone who knew Frannie is asked to celebrate her life in their own way ~ cheersing with a beverage of choice would be appropriate. Memorial contributions may be made in Mary Fran’s name to Broad Reach Hospice of Chatham, MA.
For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.