Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

July 11, 2013

Frances V. Epstine, 93


Osterville, MA — Frances Veronica Epstine (Murphy), of Osterville, died peacefully at her home in Osterville, Mass., on July 5, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. At the young age of 93, she maintained her sharp mind, witty sense of humor, and zest for life until the very end. Frances avidly followed Grand Slam Tennis, cheering on her favorite players in the Wimbledon Championships just this week. She loved holding court with her many friends from around the world, taking walks on her beloved Dowses Beach, and spending time with her daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren, whom she treasured dearly.

Frances was born April 22, 1920, in Cambridge, Mass., one of seven children. After graduating from Emmanuel College in 1941, she began her adventures in Europe working for the U.S. State Department before meeting her future husband, the late Eugene Julius Epstine of Hebron, Conn., a World War II veteran and businessman. The couple lived abroad in England, Germany, Holland, and Switzerland with their three adoring daughters. Frances and Eugene settled in Osterville in 1987.

Frances was the loving mother of Katherine and her husband, Attorney Mark Johnson, of Andover, Deborah E. Holland of New York City, and Patricia and her husband, Lt. Col. (ret.) Brent Diefenbach, of Fairfax Station, Va. She was the beloved grandmother of Katherine and Eugene of Fairfax Station, Va., Danielle of Washington, D.C., and Nathan of Andover, Mass. Frances is also survived by a brother, Dr. Ralph Murphy of Naples, Fla.; and sister, Mrs. Eileen Roberts of Kerrville, Texas.

ARRANGEMENTS: A visitation was held for Frances at the John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road, (Route 28), Marstons Mills, on Tuesday, July 9, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian burial at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Osterville at 11 a.m. Interment followed in Saint Frances Xavier Cemetery, Centerville.