Frances Slade
1925 - 2021
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Slade, Frances
Frances (Trinidad) Slade, 95, of East Providence, formerly of Pawtucket, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 after a brief illness.
She was the wife of the late Earl Slade, who died in 1977. More recently, she was the partner of Marc W. Kohler of East Providence.
Born in Pawtucket on Dec. 9, 1925, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Clara (Viera) Trinidad. Fran was a graduate of the former Pawtucket East High School (now Tolman).
After high school, she set out for Florida, where she met her future husband, a native Georgian, in Miami. She and Earl were married in 1948. They moved to Attleboro, Mass. In 1955, then to Pawtucket, where they raised their children.
Fran owned natural charm and people skills, and gravitated toward jobs involving the public. For 30 years, she worked as receptionist and switchboard operator at Pawtucket City Hall, retiring in 1990.
Callers to City Hall in the 1970's and '80's were treated to Fran answering the main phone line, "Beautiful City of Pawtucket. How may I direct your call?"
For a time she also worked part-time as a hostess at the Holiday Inn in South Attleboro, Mass. and the former Elsa's Lodge in Pawtucket, as well as an assembler at ITT Electric Co. in Pawtucket.
Civic minded, she served on Pawtucket's Bicentennial Committee, as a USO girl in Jamestown and an air raid warden during World War II. She was a lifetime member of Weight Watchers.
Her retirement from City Hall was a retirement in name only. It became a jumping off point for new ventures. Gifted with a melodious singing voice, she performed with the East Providence Community Chorus and the Cumberland-Lincoln Chorus. She also sang in the choir at her church, St. Margaret's of Rumford.
Well into her advanced years, Fran showed an energy level beyond people half her age. She met Kohler, a puppeteer, in the early 2000s, and she joined him in entertaining children.
They painted faces and put on workshops. Fran performed for children as Mother Goose at various parks, playgrounds and festivals. And performing for kids turned out to be a natural calling.
She loved her annual role as Mrs. Claus, often opposite Marc's Santa, at Slater Park's Winter Wonderland.
She is survived by a son, Earl D. Slade (Tina) of Pawtucket; a daughter, Linda Afflick (Bob) of Ormond Beach, Fla., and a step-granddaughter, Shannon McMillan of North Smithfield.
Fran was predeceased by her husband and her parents, as well as her brother, John E. Trinidad of Attleboro, Mass.
Fran's life will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, January 15th, in St. Margaret's Church,1098 Pawtucket Rumford. Covid restrictions may limit attendance to 50.
Burial will be private. For more information, contact

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Published in The Providence Journal on Jan. 14, 2021.
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January 14, 2021
My condolences go out to Fran's family. Fran's husband Earl and our father Arthur were best friends back in the 60's and our two families had great times whenever we got together. I will forever remember our trip to Jamestown to visit them, and going across on the ferry for a quarter. The Slades were a beautiful family and Fran was such a wonderful wife and mother - this was back in the 60's but I will always cherish the memories I have of Fran and her sweet family. May she rest in peace. Glenn Boudreau, Rockwall, TX
Glenn Boudreau
January 14, 2021
Earl, Sorry to hear about your moms passing. I wish you and your family all the comfort during this difficult time. I’m sure your mom was proud to have a great son like you.
Alan Wilmarth
January 14, 2021
Marc, she will be missed in choir and sitting with you in the front row at Mass. Loved her beautiful smile and joy of life, which was long and positive. I’ll never forget Fran.
Marie Chaplin
January 14, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

I vividly remember her as Mrs. Claus during the holiday season when I attended Nathaniel Green. Seems like yesterday even though it was many years ago.

She was so warm and friendly. And such a blessing to so many.
Jonathan Schnelle
January 14, 2021
Fran was the sweetest, kindest and loving person that I've ever met. It was an honor to know her and be friends with her.
Earl and Marc,I'm so sorry for your loss.
Love and Prayers,
muriel woodcock
January 14, 2021
Although we were not friends it seems like everywhere I turned she was there. Picking up a child at MJF school...she was the lady with the flag on her car. Coming to the senior center to have taxes done...was the most time I actually spoke with her. ALWAYS a smile!!! May her memory be a blessing.
Judy Phillips
January 14, 2021
To the entire Slade family, please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of Fran. Her smile and personality lit up every room she ever entered. Her always positive and uplifting attitude was an everlasting attribute. With Fran's passing, we have all lost a wonderful friend and Pawtucket has lost one of it's treasures.
With deepest sympathy,
Peter & Kristine Kilmartin
Peter& Kristine Kilmartin
January 14, 2021
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Manning-Heffern Funeral Home
January 13, 2021
So sorry Linda and Bob on the passing of your mom she was such a sweet person
January 13, 2021
Fran was a beautiful, wonderful woman who always had a smile for everyone. She lit up a room just by coming in it. She loved life and everyone she met felt her energy. She will be deeply missed by one and all. Fran was one of a kind and can never be replaced. Rest in peace Fran. God bless.
Lucille Esposito
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