Frances L. Mackey, Longtime Greenwich Resident

Frances L. Mackey - Greenwich Free Press

Frances L. Mackey

Frances L. Mackey died peacefully at her home on December 20th, surrounded by her loving family. She was 97 years old.

She was born on September 27, 1919 in the Bronx, NY to Frank and B. Louise (Bess) Hodson. After marrying her husband, John J. Mackey, they moved to Larchmont, NY, where they began their family.

In 1960 they moved to Old Greenwich, which was where she called home until her final days.

She worked for the NY Telephone Co. for 25 years and was a founding member of the Pioneer Club. She loved her many trips to various casinos, especially Foxwoods and those in Las Vegas. Many a time she accompanied her family and friends on these trips and was known as everyone’s “good luck charm.”

For many years, Fran spent weekends and summer vacations at “Mackey’s Tree Farm” in Honesdale, PA, where she made many close friends. Fran was also a long time parishioner of St. Clement of Rome Parish in Stamford.

Her greatest pride and joy was her family and nothing brought her more happiness than spending time with them. To this day, every table in her home is covered with family photos so that she could always hold everyone close, no matter how much distance separated them.

She is survived by her children, Joan Locke of Brookfield, CT, Jean Gorman of Hobe Sound, FL, Jackie and Peter Pennella of Riverside, CT, John Mackey Jr. of Long Beach, LI, and Jerry and Colleen Mackey of Jupiter, FL. She treasured each one of her grandchildren, Kristine Koproski (Craig), Kim Feighery (Tim), Jeanne Rooney (Bill), Sandra Downey (Scott), Craig Locke, Peter Pennella III (Jackie), Mark Gorman, Sean Mackey (Gwen), Kelly Mackey, Tierney Mackey, Shannon Mackey, and Kelsey Mackey. Fran was also blessed with 17 great-grandchildren: Jake, Ryan and Brady Koproski, Ashley and Kaitlyn Feighery, Kayla Rooney, Noah and Amelia Downey, Aubree and Jordan Locke, PJ and Carter Pennella, Morgan and Emmerson Mackey, Zyyah and Journey Mackey and Jackson Hale. She is also survived by many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family.

Fran is preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband of 63 years, John J. Mackey and her son-in-law Ed Locke.

The Mackey family would like to thank all of the caregivers who provided Fran with love, comfort and friendship including Peguy, Shirley, Davetta, Marie, Linda, Fred, and Ruth.

Services will be held at Coxe and Graziano funeral home on Thursday, Dec. 22 from 4:00-8:00 pm. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, Dec 23 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clement of Rome Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Fran’s name to Greenwich Hospital Home Hospice, 500 W. Putnam Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830 or St. Clement of Rome Church, 535 Fairfield Ave, Stamford, CT 06902.