TO: MCS Friends and Supporters
FROM: Daniel A. Rodriguez
RE: Francis P. Ivory’s Passing and Funeral Arrangements
DATE: July 30, 2018
For those who have not heard yet, I regret to inform you that Fran Ivory, MCS Executive Director (1997 – 2011), passed away peacefully Friday Morning, July 27, 2018, with his beloved wife, Rosemary (Roie) at his side. For several years, he lived courageously with his Parkinson’s diagnosis. In fact, he made it to this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade, but soon thereafter he stopped working at the Xcel and began using a walker in June. He celebrated his 70th birthday with family and friends last month.
In addition to working 14 years at Merrick Community Services, he also worked at Friendly House (Davenport, IA) and Neighborhood House (Saint Paul). For many years, Fran and the Ivory Family managed a strawberry & shortcake stand at the State Fair, and up until earlier this year Fran also worked at the Xcel Energy Center.
Fran will be remembered for his gentle spirit and firm commitment to serving those in need. Last year, Merrick Community Services dedicated its Meals on Wheels Room to Roie and Fran Ivory, as an acknowledgement of his many years of service and dedication to serving Seniors in our Community.
Funeral Arrangements Are Listed Below:
Visitation: Monday, July 30, from 4 – 7 PM
Natural Burial and Cremation by Willwerscheid
235 Wentworth Avenue W., West Saint Paul, MN 55118
Funeral: Tuesday, July 31, at 11:00 AM (Visitation from 10:30 – 11:00 AM)
Church of Saint Peter
2600 N. Margaret Street
North Saint Paul, MN 55109
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the Parkinson’s Foundation. http://parkinson.org
Read the Merrick Community Services Summer 2018 Newsletter and see our recent Construction Training Program Graduates and Save the Date for the 5th Annual Mix and Mingle on October 11th!
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The Families Services programs at Merrick Community Services have partnered with Slumberland Furniture to connect families to donated beds for their children.
This week, Merrick provided two families with beds for their household. After transitioning from living in an emergency shelter in Ramsey County, the families connected with Merrick Case Managers to seek out resources that could provide more stability in their home.
The picture shows two sets of DONATED twin mattresses, bed frames, as well as spring boxes so that two of the family’s children no longer had to sleep on the floor in their new home.
Also pictured are three DONATED MyPillows that the family received, courtesy of our friends at MyPillow. After hard work, the family is able to rest their head and get 40 Winks of sleep.
Help support our families and similar events by making your donation at https://merrickcs.org/donate/
Read the Merrick Community Services Spring 2018 Newsletter and see how you can get involved in our March Food Drive!
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