, Salem, MA

March 11, 2014

Sharon Ann (Ahern) Francis, 64

Middleton — Mrs. Sharon Ann (Ahern) Francis, 64, of Middleton, beloved wife of Peter B. Francis, died on March 8, 2014, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Beverly, she was the daughter of the late William and Lois (Cleaves) Ahern. She was raised and educated in Salem, and was a graduate of St. James Grammar School and the St. James Girl’s High School. Mrs. Francis continued her education and was a graduate of Essex Agricultural and Training School, receiving her degree in nursing.

A caring and dedicated nurse for more than 25 years, Sharon had been employed by the Hogan Regional Center, Danvers, until the time of her retirement.

A resident of the town of Middleton for over 35 years, Sharon enjoyed cooking for her family and hosting numerous cookouts in the back yard. She loved planning and going on the many family trips to Disney World, and was an avid Red Sox fan. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Sharon’s greatest joy was being a young grandmother to her beloved granddaughter, Kaylee. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

In addition to her loving husband of 43 years, Sharon is survived by her daughter, Kim Knight and her husband, Eric, of Danvers; and granddaughter, Kaylee Knight.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service, which will be held in the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., Route 62, Danvers, on Thursday, March 13, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Sharon’s memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit