Frances Edith Margaret "Fran" Donovan - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Frances Edith Margaret “Fran” Donovan

December 12, 1948 - June 30, 2023

Frances Edith Margaret “Fran” Donovan, age 74, of Newark, DE, passed away on Friday, June 30, 2023.

Born in Wilmington, DE on December 12, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Russell Mason John Jr. and Margaret Elizabeth (Mackay) Neal.  Fran was a homemaker for many years.  As her children were older, she held various jobs and loved working and meeting new people. Married to her beloved husband Robert “Bob” for 55 years, they enjoyed spending time boating and fishing on the Chesapeake. One of Fran’s greatest joys in life was when she became a grandmother.  She was an active participant in their lives and helped watch all her grandchildren until they were school aged.  Her family, especially her grandchildren, meant the world to her.

In addition to her parents, Fran was preceded in death by her son, James David Donovan; and brother, David Mason John. She is survived by her husband, Robert James Donovan; daughter, Laurie Kirby (Gregory); and grandchildren, Abigail, Brandon, and Morgan.

Services will be held privately at Kemblesville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fran’s name to a charity of your choice.


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4 Condolences for Frances Edith Margaret “Fran” Donovan

  • So very sorry you have lost your mom. Although we did not know her personally, I am certain she watches down on all of you in her angel role. May your memories of her bring you comfort and healing. Sending hugs and love your way❤️❤️

  • I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Fran. I went to Newark High School and we were good friends. Always a kind and giving person. She will surly be missed.

  • I thought your Mother was terrific. She was just as reliable as the mailman showing up at your house to take care of the kid(s). Both of your parents have a sweet and kind heart. Daughter Kellie just lost her Dad and he was interred the day your Mother passed. Feel my hugs and prayers for healing.

  • We were so sorry to hear of Frances’ passing. She had a special bond with my mother (Alma) and will be missed. We knew her from our College Park days (Madison Ave); actually, we were next door neighbors. Fran and Bob were older but always had time for us kids. We hope all of the wonderful memories you have in your heart help comfort you during this time. She loved those grandkids!