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Frances Hines, 86, Former Weston Secretary

WESTON, Conn. – Frances A. Hines, formerly of Norwalk and Weston, died Oct. 2 at her home at Crosby Commons Assisted Living in Shelton, Conn. She was 86.

Originally from Southport, Hines was the youngest of 10 children born to Frank and Mary Rose. She graduated from Roger Ludlowe High School in 1944 and worked as a secretary and administrative assistant for most of her career.

She worked at Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, Hicks and Otis in Norwalk, Darien High School, Saxe Junior High School in New Canaan and the University School in Bridgeport, where she met her husband, John. They were married for 60 years and he predeceased her in 2007.

Hines enjoyed entertaining and felt she missed her calling to be a performer, but still pursued those interests locally, her family said. She had a role in Weston's bicentennial musical production and was a member of the church choir at St. Francis of Assisi in Weston and the Mello-Dears singing group of the Westport Senior Center.

She also was a published poet and a longtime member of the Weston Senior Center. Upon their retirement, Hines and her husband traveled extensively. They lived in Norwalk until 1978, when they moved to Weston.

A lifelong athlete, Hines played softball and basketball in her youth and was later a member of the Catholic Women's Bowling League in Norwalk.

Hines is survived by two daughters, Janice (Bruce Goulart) Brown, of Newtown, Conn., and Patricia A. Hines, of Fairfield; a son, John Hines, of New Haven; two grandchildren and five great-grandsons. She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church in Fairfield. There are no calling hours. Burial will be private. Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home in Fairfield is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Connecticut Food Bank, 150 Bradley St., East Haven CT 06512.

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