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WEST ROXBURY: Frances T. Lynch, 89, a retired Boston Public Schools educator, died peacefully Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at her residence, the Sophia Snow Place in West Roxbury. She was the beloved spouse of Mary Sue Conley, who died in 2015.

Born in Somerville, MA, she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Anastasia E. (Byrne) Lynch. Ms. Lynch earned a Bachelor's degree from State Teachers College at Boston and a Master’s degree from UMass Boston. She taught at the elementary and middle school levels throughout her career in the Boston schools until she retired in 1994.

Frances lived and visited all over the world, but remained rooted in New England. She began teaching in Boston and after a few years moved on to Springfield. The year 1957 may be considered the beginning of her travel bug as she moved to Germany and began teaching children of service members. In 1959, Frances moved on to Japan and then back home in 1960 to continue teaching in Boston. Her time in Germany was truly life changing, even if she didn't know it at the time, as that's where she met Mary Sue.

Throughout her life, she was a voracious reader and loved mystery books and shows - Agatha Christie and Ellery Queen among them and PBS Masterpiece Theater. When you visited in Concord, Maynard, Worcester, West Roxbury, MA and Campton, NH, you always found a full bookcase and could find her relaxing, listening to classical music and enjoying the company of family and friends. She had a great wit and could convey much meaning with the slightest of eyebrow movements or smile.

All of her nieces and nephews have very fond memories of time spent in Campton, NH. During summer vacations they were able to enjoy the outdoors, exploring the woods and fields nearby, the Beebe River, Perch Pond, and Loon Lake, providing a respite for their parents. As they got older, they used it as a home base for ski adventures.

Ms. Lynch and her spouse, Mary Sue, were together as a couple for over 40 years, the last 11 of which they were married. Ms. Lynch is survived by her brother, Thomas Lynch; a sister, Mary Ramsbottom; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members. She was the sister of the late Elizabeth Moynihan. She also leaves behind a close circle of friends in Elaine Lacourse, Pam Vaccaro, Rene Petrin, Nancy Stephens, and Marion Lill, as well as great friends from Sophia Snow Place.

Relatives and friends are invited to visiting on Sunday, November 7th from noon to 1:00pm, with the funeral service to follow at 1:00pm in the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Avenue (Rte. 111) Acton. We respectfully request masks be worn. Burial will be private at a later date in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Roxbury. Those who wish may make memorial donations to Good Shepherd Community Care (; and Sophia Snow Place (

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