Mrs. Diann Franson

Mrs. Diann Franson


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Diann Marcia Franson, 75, who died at her home on Monday, September 9, 2019 in Lime Rock, CT, surrounded by her husband and children after a long journey with multiple myeloma. Diann was born July 20, 1944.

She was a humanitarian and was involved in several programs in El Salvador, Bolivia and Guatemala. During her most recent years in Guatemala, Diann helped underprivileged families gain the tools to make a career, get an education, and improve health and living conditions.

A Parsonsfield groupie (a multi-genre band founded in 2011), she never missed a local show. You could always find her front and center to see “her boys.”

Diann was an accomplished career seamstress whose love for colorful quilting was greatly appreciated by many. She was an artist and crafter of soda tab purses. She spent many hours in her kitchen creating healthy unique farm-to-table dishes. Her family members were the lucky recipients of those delicious meals.

Diann was a pastor’s wife. Carl says she was his third pew advocate and heckler. She made banners for many churches over the years, leaving a small piece of herself with each one.

Diann is survived by her husband, Rev. Carl Franson, a retired elder who is serving East Chatham and Chatham UMCs in the Catskill Hudson District. Prior to his retirement he served churches in Pleasant Valley and Sharon, CT and churches in the Troy Conference.

In addition to her husband, Diann is survived by her children, Cory McCrory (John, Jema, Ivy, Bevan, Aidan, Rory); Troy Shooter (Jennifer, Kylie, Preston); Liv Franson (Esperanza, Hannah, Olivia); Paxton Franson, and Eric Franson (Asa); and by her siblings, Carolee Bell (Devi, Patchin); Rick Bell (Jean, Kayla); and Jeffrey Van Slyke (Constance). She was preceded in death by her parents, Edith and Richard Bell, and her grandson Cruz Quiroz.

A funeral service, officiated by Pastor Margaret Laemmel, will be at Sharon UMC, 112 Upper Main Street, Sharon, CT on Saturday, September 14 at 11:00am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Carl Franson with a note for Guatemala and mailed to 417 Lime Rock Road, Lakeville, CT 06039  or can be made by PayPal to, also with a note for Guatemala.