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Frances Christie (Mitchell)

Frances M. “Fran” Christie, (nee Mitchell) 88, of New Hope, passed away on May 16, 2024. She was the beloved wife of the late William Christie, who passed away in 2016, after 61 years of marriage.

Born April 2, 1936 in the “Swamp Poodle” section of Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Marie Mitchell. Fran was the oldest of 9 children and was devoted to her siblings; Marie, Tom, Ed, Joe and Kathy as well as the late Pat, Alice and John.

Fran was the loving mother of Deborah Conklin (John), William Christie, Jr. (Eileen), the late Michael Christie (Laura), Stephen Christie (Nancy), Maryann Lipp (Steve), Dennis Christie (Marcia), John Christie (Lynda), Thomas Christie (Mary Beth), Richard Christie (Kathy), Frances Touey (Michael), the late Theresa Christie, Robert Christie (Krissy), and Jacob Christie (Michele). 

She cherished her 28 grandchildren; Christie, Jackie, William III, Regina, Jessica, Laura, Michael, Jill, Brittany, Ryan, Chris, Dennis Jr., Brynna, John Jr., Mary Kate, Tommy, Elizabeth, Richard Jr., Ashlie, Nicholas, Michael, Joe, Matt, Alex, Jenna, Caitlyn, Connor, and Sarah and also her 24 great-grandchildren.

Fran and Bill were neighborhood sweethearts and both had a shared desire of building a beautiful family.  Little did they know how that vision would be fulfilled! In the early days, they raised their family in various locations in Philadelphia. They settled on a tight knit neighborhood, in a “big” three-bedroom house on Tabor Avenue, where they raised their 12 children. They created a legacy and home filled with faith, family, work ethic and love. The family vacations were a staple at the Jersey shore, as well as many other locations. Bringing the entire family together for the annual Christmas party was their pride and Joy.

To Fran, family was everything! The joy of her life, was her time as a wife, mother and grandmother. As a mom, she knew her kids inside and out and gave all of herself to them. She selflessly and faithfully cared for her family and would do anything for them.  She was the one everyone went to for comfort, guidance and advice. Her gifts of wisdom and common sense were extraordinary and were a constant thread throughout our lives.

She always showered hospitality on her family, which brought everyone together to gather at her table weekly, to share our lives, and of course one of her famous fresh baked cakes, that was prepared with love. 

Fran cared deeply for her family, friends and all people and was always there for anyone in need. She really had such a servant’s heart and truly touched everyone’s lives with her love, humility and kindness.

We will miss her forever!

Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family Thursday, May 23, 2024 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 241 E. Butler Ave. (at Sandy Ridge Rd.), New Britain. There will be an additional viewing on Friday, May 24, 2024 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown, from 9:30 am to 10:15 am. The funeral mass will immediately follow at 10:30 am. Interment will be held privately.

Contributions in Frances’ name can be made to the Ronald McDonald House, https://rmhc.org/donate .

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Service/Memorial Information
  • Evening Visitation

    Thursday, May 23rd, 2024
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, New Britain
    241 East Butler Avenue
    New Britain, PA 18901

  • Morning Visitation

    Friday, May 24th, 2024
    9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
    235 E. State Street
    Doylestown, PA 18901

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, May 24th, 2024
    10:30 AM

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
    235 E. State Street
    Doylestown, PA 18901

  • Interment

    Interment will be held privately

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