Frances Gaskell

January 15, 2014 4 Condolences Print Obituary

Fran Gaskell was 68 when she died suddenly on Saturday, January 11, 2014. She is survived by her loving family – daughters: Twyla Martin; Nikki Keehn (Carl) and Tracy Martin (Jason Maloney); grandchildren: Chelbie, Mykala, X’yprus, Autumn, Raygen, Baby Maloney; great-grandson Pierre; and sister Gail (Nick) and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Fran knew what it meant to really live your life to the fullest. She was an incredible cook and her culinary skills were world renowned (even catering a number of events). She made it a point to cook a special meal for each of her daughters’ and their families’ birthdays. It was often joked that her traditional family Sunday dinners could feed the entire Canadian army with plenty left over.

Fran loved to travel and experience the world. You would often find travel brochures littered around her house as she was planning her next trip. Her travels always involved family and friends. She traveled as far away as Australia and the Cook Islands, and as near as Jasper, British Columbia and the United States. Most recently, Fran went to Scotland, where she visited family.

Fran’s circle of friends crossed borders, oceans and languages. Wherever she traveled she touched people’s lives and made an unforgettable impression.

She was an avid Edmonton Eskimo fan and supporter, holding season tickets for more than 30 years. Her enthusiasm was such that she actually went through numerous cow bells (a classic Edmonton noisemaker) – which was not known to be possible.

Fran worked for the Alberta government for more than 30 years, and since 2006 was a salesperson for Printer World. Her engaging personality and zest for life made her salesmanship skills enviable, having won awards for the best salesperson in Canada twice.

When one thinks of Fran, one’s thoughts immediately think of family, an open heart, and a house filled with laughter and love. She was generous to a fault and was always the first to help those who needed it. Fran made sure no one left her house with an empty stomach or an empty heart.

5:00PM - 7:00PM Thursday January 16th
Trinity Funeral Chapel
12134-66 Street Edmonton, AB

Funeral Service
11:00AM Friday  January 17th
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
9010 85 Street Edmonton, AB

  1. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I first met Fran through my sister Ann Corbett. Fran and Ann worked several years together and remained friends. I had met Fran many times during the past 25 years and was welcomed into her home on many occasions. I know only too well how great her cooking was and what a wonderful host she was. She was friendly, kind and had a great sense of humor! She will be missed and I know that Ann will miss her greatly!

  2. My sincere condolanes to Fran’s family, I knew her through AUPE and was in attendance when she received her much earned Life Membership. She was such a strong person. Fran will be missed.

  3. My sympathy to Fran’s family. I knew Fran over the years when she was involved with AUPE. I was honoured last May to receive my life membership along with Fran.

  4. My sincere condolence to Fran’s family and her many close friends at this sad time. I met Fran through a mutual friend Ann Corbett. Fran always had a smile on her face and opening arms. I had the pleasure one Christmas to be invited to Fran’s for dinner oh how she could cook and entertain. She will be dearly missed.

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