Frances (Fran) Jane Grosser (née Milligan)
10 August 1946 – 6 February 2007
Fran commenced her General Nursing Training at The Maitland Hospital in October 1963.Our friendship was sealed as we met each other on that momentous day.
Fran was always a dedicated, caring and efficient nurse and loved by all her colleagues. Fran was a popular nurse and well liked by all those she cared for during her nursing career. With a beaming smile, she was often referred to as ‘the pretty nurse from Gunnedah.’
On graduating from Maitland Hospital in 1967, Fran was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal. In 1969, after completing her Midwifery Training at St Margaret’s Hospital, Darlinghurst, Fran married her school sweetheart and love of her life, Tim Grosser.
The couple settled back in Gunnedah to raise four beautiful children, Timothy, Sally, Georgina and Stephen.
Fran continued to work at Gunnedah Hospital as NUM of the Aged Care Facility and the Emergency Department. She then went on to become a Level 2 Nurse Manager of Gunnedah Hospital and Acting Area Health Service Manager.
Fran was well known and respected throughout the New England region. For many years she carried out her duties in her usual diligent manner until illness necessitated her retirement in 2005.
After major surgery, chemotherapy and much suffering, Fran passed away in Gunnedah Hospital with her family by her side on 6 February 2007.
During Fran’s last years, even though suffering pain and discomfort, she always had a smile, encouragement, understanding, love and appreciation for others. Expressions of love, respect and popularity were evident by the large crowd in attendance at her funeral Mass and celebration of her life at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Gunnedah, in February 2007.
The death of a much loved wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and true friend left an unfillable void in our lives, but her everlasting smile and spirit lives on in our hearts and minds.
God bless you, Fran, my surrogate sister and true and loving friend. Vale ‘pretty nurse from Gunnedah’!
By Helen Carter, RN, Maitland Hospital.
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