Frances R. (McGillis) Powers, a longtime resident of Falmouth, died March 12 at the age of 92.

Originally from Boston, she graduated from Girls’ High School in 1945 and worked at the Boston Law Library before enlisting in the US Navy.

While serving in the Navy, she was trained as an operating room technician. During her tour of duty she was transferred to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where she met Falmouth resident Lieutenant Galen P. Powers, whom she later married.

The couple lived in Falmouth for a short time, then moved to Illinois and Maryland for college and work. After Mr. Powers was commissioned into the US Navy in 1960, the family moved across the country from Massachusetts to Rhode Island, Virginia and California. In 1964, her husband was killed in action during tactical flight training; she moved back to Falmouth with their six children.

Ms. Powers held many jobs in Falmouth. She worked at Falmouth Hospital as an operating room technician; for The Falmouth Enterprise; as a housekeeper for St. Patrick’s Church; and as office/support staff for Dr. David Babin and Dr. Otis Dewan.

She also was a leader for Girl Scouts and taught after-school CCD classes for St. Patrick’s Church.

An avid reader, she was a frequent visitor of the town’s public libraries. She loved gardening and cooking, and at one point had a catering business.

She leaves her children, John M. Powers of Falmouth, Andrea R. Sullivan of Trumbull, Connecticut, Moira C. Powers of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Martha F. Powers of Berlin, Gregory P. Powers of Onset and Justin C. Powers of Leesburg, Virginia; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and other family.

Visitation is planned for Friday, May 14, beginning at 11 AM with a memorial service at noon, at Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.

A private family burial will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

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