Frances Marion (Vigliotti) Gibson

  • Born: May 16, 1921
  • Died: July 17, 2021
  • Location: Groton formerly of Concord, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742

glennb@concordfuneral.com
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family


Frances Marion (Vigliotti) Gibson age 100 of Groton and former long-time resident of Concord passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 17, 2021 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 matriarch 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.

Her father's garden provided her with the skills of planting, harvesting, canning and freezing all he planted. One year he planted 200 tomato plants which she was none to happy about. She also picked and bottled grape juice from the Concord Grape arbor her father planted when he purchased their home. While both of her parents worked, she was responsible for taking care of her brother Paul who was 10 years younger than her.

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. One of her husband's highlights was arriving at Yosemite National Park. He stayed up all night to watch the climbers scale El Capitan watching them through binoculars and was fascinated seeing them sleep overnight on the side of the mountain. Then onto Florida for the winter months walking on the beach, collecting seashells and soaking up the sun. On their way back to Massachusetts they stopped in Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky to visit her husband's side of the family. Throughout the rest of her life, she repeated the stories of their travels together.

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.

During this time Frances and her daughter Judy took a trip to Naples Italy then onto the village of Airola to visit her father's side of the family and meet with her cousins for the first time who still lived in the original Vigliotti home. She visited the cemetery where her father's parents were buried. It was a trip of a lifetime for her and her daughter, Judy being with her was a memory she cherished.

She was brought up in a musical family, her father playing the accordion and her mother singing Italian arias. She taught herself to play the piano and later in life bought herself a violin to take a stab at playing country and bluegrass music. The musical talent was passed on to her daughter Joanne playing the piano, her son George who was a very talented musician playing every instrument by ear, acoustic guitar he was known for and he was always accompanied by his brother Bill who was and is a talented guitarist and singer. Her grandson Tommy who is an accomplished guitarist and singer. Her great-grandson Max has the gift of playing piano by ear and her granddaughter Arianna and Lila have the gift of singing and her granddaughter Ava who also plays piano.

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 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". She was also a fan of the Boston Red Sox, Big Papi was her favorite. Also, a Patriots fan the "Gronk" and Tom Brady being her favorite.

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 the 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, Florida and her son Bob Dunlap of Sandwich, NH; 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-grandchildren, Simon Peaslee and his sister Olivia Peaslee. Aunt to Barbara Vigliotti White, Edward Vigliotti, Gary Vigliotti, Robert Vigliotti, Paula Vigliotti Cutter and Michael Vigliotti.

She is also survived by her devoted friends who she considered family Doc Weiner, Peter and Jerry Toland, LeAnne Heiser, Susan Kennedy, Joyce Watson-O'Neil Senior Clinical Social Worker,also her visits from Mr. Wilson and his parents Jay and Nancy Tilley and for eleven years her loving and caring family at Rivercourt Residences.

Eleven years with Dr. Thomas Goodman who loved Frances as much as she loved him, along with the staff at Groton Medical Associates who loved and cared for Frances.

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" She is also predeceased by her very close friends, Sigrund Woodin, Lenny Palma, and Ruthie Anderson lovingly known by Frances as""Rootie Kazootie" her partner in crime at Concord Middlesex Savings Bank.

On Saturday, August 7, 2021 family and many friends gathered to honor and remember Frances for a graveside service at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.

To view the recorded service please activate the following link https://youtu.be/reQQR9mz8dE

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, 74 Belknap Street, Concord, MA 01742 978-369-3388 www.concordfuneral.com


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Condolence & Memory Journal

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Dear Bill Hibson and family;
What a beautiful tribute yo your mom's life. She indeed was such a special lady.
Such a joy to read all the wonderful things she did
And soo many people's lives she touched. I was just a little neighborhood kid on Warner Street in West Concord, but have such fond memories of her sweetness and kindness with the neighborhood kids. Our deepest sympathies go out to all of you. This amazing woman will surely be a shining Angel in heaven watching over you all.. that will shine as much as she did throughout her life. God bless you Mrs. G. and may you rest in eternal peace. ❤

Posted by Karen Stone-Maillet - Concord, MA - Neighbor   August 08, 2021

Dear Joanne, Tom and family,
The video tribute of your Mom was beautiful! She was an amazing woman whose smile, grace and humor touched many and, in turn was loved by many. May these memories give you comfort and strength. We'll keep you all in our prayers.

Posted by Betsy & Karl Muessig - Pennington, NJ - Family   August 06, 2021

Dear Mrs. Gibson
You were an amazing women who lived such an amazing life touching so many lives. You will be missed but not forgotten. We know you are in heaven enjoying your heavenly reward with your husband and family and friends who passed before you. We will pray to you for help to live the life that you did.
Love and Rest In Peace.
Peggie and Jerry Schorn

Posted by Jerry Schorn,Sr. - Southampton, PA - Family   August 06, 2021

Dear Joanne and family, I am so grateful for the time I had getting to know Fran over these past many years. Her wise council and positve outlook, despite moments of loss and sadness, will always be with me. Thank you for sharing her with the RiverCourt community. Her bright smile, quiet and gracious presence will be sorely missed.

Posted by Joyce Watson O'Neil - Rhode Island, RI - Friend   August 06, 2021

Dear Nan, Fran Mom, I love you and know your up in heaven with Berl, Judy and George. I'll miss our visits and good times in West Concord, Bingham Maine and Rivercourt in West Groton.

Posted by Thomas Schorn - Groton, MA - Family   August 05, 2021

My sincere condolences, she was such a gracious lady. I will miss the few visits I was able to make. She was a good listener and had the experience to empathize. Keeper of secrets is true. May God bless you at this time.

Posted by Grace Coy-Vigliotti-Fernlund - Salt lake City, UT - Family   August 01, 2021

Although I rarely got to see you, I often thought of you, love you and will miss you very much love Ingrid vigliotti

Posted by Ingrid vigliotti - DeLand, FL - Family   July 31, 2021

Dear Joanne, Tom and family. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Frances. She was a lovely woman, lady, mother, wife and friend. She has left behind an amazing legacy. Although she will be dearly missed, she lives on in all of you. God bless her and all of you. Wishing you peace in the times ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Lucy Loughlin Yocum - Friend   July 31, 2021

Mrs.G will remain in our hearts. R.I.P. now and thanks for all your love and fond memories.

Posted by Debbie Beers - Ventura, CA - Family Friend   July 29, 2021

Dear Joanne, Tom and William and extended family ,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother and mother-in-law.
My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Posted by Linda Evans - Pepperell, MA - Family Friend   July 29, 2021

What a beautiful write up on your mother, Joanne. My condolences to you and your family. She was a wonderful lady and I'm glad I had the pleasure of knowing her. My father always admired her and spoke highly of who she was. My thoughts are with you.

Posted by Judy Cosgrove - Maynard, MA - Acquaintance   July 29, 2021

So long Miss G. You live inside of me as the memory of my sub Mom up the road in Bingham. You were a sun in that town and the hearts of those lucky enough to know you. I will always cherish the beautiful meals, the private chats, your children hammering out a bluegrass tune, asking Billy what key was in a song that I could not grasp, and a door that was always open. I don't know what happens when we leave but my general faith surely believes that a soul like yours is busy somewhere. We send our humble condolences to all.

Posted by Cecil Gray - Skowhegan, ME - Friend   July 28, 2021

Clearly Mrs G lived life to the fullest with love and acceptance for all
May she Rest In Peace
And guide us from the throne above

Posted by Joe n Carolyn Schorn - Northport, NY - Family   July 28, 2021


What a beautiful testimonial, Joanne and Tom. Your Mom was amazing and I was blessed by having her presence in my life. I know how much you are already missing her and my prayers during this time of loss go with you and all your family and friends whose lives she touched. Love to all! Jeannie (Schorn) Gillespie
I am praying for you and

Posted by REGINA GILLESPIE - WARMINSTER, PA - Family   July 27, 2021

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Will dearly miss you and our talks Mrs. G. Also spending time together at Bingo, dinners and all the many
Laughs we had. Love you RIP

Posted by LeeAnn Heiser - Harvard, MA - Family Friend   July 27, 2021

To the Gibson family - What a beautiful testimonial for a great woman. I remember Mrs. G when growing up in Concord and GG was a classmate. I'm so sorry to learn of his passing as well as Judy's. Mom's shouldn't outlive their children but it seems Mrs. G carried on with courage, grace and found joy in life. My deepest sympathy to Joanne, Billy and the entire Gibson extended family. Your Mom/Grandmother/Great grandmother lived a full life. How fortunate you are to have those memories and to have had her in your lives for as long as you did. May smiles come with your memories as the tears dry from your sorrow.

Posted by Deb Williams - Pepperell, MA - Acquaintance   July 26, 2021


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Dear Nan, Fran Mom, I love you and know your up in heaven with Berl, Judy and George. I'll miss our visits and good times in West Concord, Bingham Maine and Rivercourt in West Groton.