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Frances Carroll Cann
Frances Carroll Cann

Frances Carroll Cann

July 27, 1932 - March 03, 2021

Frances Carroll Thompson Cann, 88 years old of Plantation, Florida passed away on March 3, 2021. She was born on July 27, 1932, in the mining town of Co-Operative, Kentucky where her father worked in the mines. Frances was the second of nine children and her memories of early life in Co-op and growing up "down home" in Whitley City influenced her life eminently.

Frances attended McCreary High School and Cumberland College where she studied Education; she completed student teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Kingston, Ky. Following school, Frances moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where she married and raised a family while working in administration for elementary schools in the Cincinnati Public School System.

Frances spent decades tracing her family's genealogy and assisting others with research. She amassed an impressive collection of records, photographs, and artifacts, and met hundreds of individuals through her research. She was an insatiable reader who passed on the joy of books to her three children. Frances was a talented gardener, loved playing the piano and cards, and binged vintage TV westerns. She coveted her independence and continued driving into her 80s with both feet—the left on the brake, and the right on the gas pedal—the way she was taught more than 60 years ago. Frances loved gatherings of neighbors, family, and friends, most especially the 1950 Class Reunions of McCreary High School. She was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Mt. Healthy, Ohio.

Frances is survived by her three children A. George Cann (Carla), Carolyn Cann (Woody), and Carrie Hof; three cherished grandchildren: Elliott Hof, Carly Hof, and George Henry Cann-Gudat; loving sister-in-law Patricia Cann; and many nieces and nephews to whom she relished her role as an aunt. "Franny" is also survived by her dearest friend, advocate, and care provider Bibi. The family is immensely grateful to Bibi for the immaculate care and loving companionship she provided to Frances for more than four years.

Frances was preceded in death by her devoted husband Alan C. Cann of Cincinnati, Ohio, parents William and Elsie Thompson of Whitley City, Kentucky, and siblings Bob Thompson, Eleanora Waters, Geraldine Kidd, Willene Robbins, and Woodson Thompson.

Like so many seniors, the isolation and lock-downs Frances endured during the pandemic greatly impacted her quality of life, but she was strong-willed and recuperated from several health setbacks during this period, including a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Isolation and physical idleness took a great toll on Frances, which is why the care and kindness provided to her by care professionals were so important. The family is forever grateful to those who could be with Frances when family and friends could not, including Bibi, Mariutza, and caregivers from Alternative Home Health Care.

Arrangements provided by Spring Grove Funeral Home & Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, ( We invite you to share condolences online at

Service Location Date Time Stream Link Directions
Visitation Spring Grove Funeral Homes March 13, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Directions
Funeral Service Spring Grove Funeral Homes March 13, 2021 2:00 pm Live Stream Link Directions
Burial Spring Grove Cemetery March 13, 2021 Directions

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