DEXTER and SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Frances Mary (Card) Cannon, 90, died quietly April 1, 2004, at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late, James “Jim” M. Cannon, and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Frances was born Aug. 25, 1913, in Somerville, Mass., the daughter of the late Louise (Bridgham) Card and Jacob Gray Card. She graduated from Somerville High School and attended Tufts University, Medford, Mass. Latin, German, and mathematics were her specialties, and all of her daughters relied on her for help with homework. Her eldest daughter, Louise Lazare, says her mother is the only reason she comprehended high school algebra. Frances was an avid reader, bridge and cribbage player, crossword puzzler, and a skilled seamstress, creating clothes and dolls for her children and grandchildren. The grandchildren particularly recall her as a great cook, making what is without question, the world’s best apple pie. She was a member of Maine Public Radio and a supporter of the Arcady Concerts and a devout communicant of the Episcopal Church. On Jim’s retirement, Frances and Jim moved to Dexter, to the family home built in 1872 for her grandparents, Levi and Frances Bridgham. Frances is survived by her daughter, Louise and husband, Aaron Lazare, of Waban, Mass.; daughters, Janet and Patricia of Dexter; son-in-law, Alan Preston of Greenville; two sisters-in-law, Marion H. Card of Gloucester, Mass., and Madeline Card of Milton, N.Y. She also leaves 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her daughters, Jacqueline Mary Cannon and Virginia Mary Preston; her granddaughter, Jacqueline Frances Lazare-Dunne; and her three brothers, Robert, Thomas and James Card. Frances will be missed by many longtime friends, including Barbara Butterfass and Patricia Loughery of St. Albans. Despite her failing health, she was very happy to be able to remain living in her own home with her daughter, Pat, and with the help of her caregiver and friend, Therese Scesny of Dover-Foxcroft, and the companionship of her five cats. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2004, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Dover-Foxcroft, with refreshments to follow in the undercroft. Burial will be at 2 p.m. that day in the family lot at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Dexter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Virginia Cannon Preston Fund for the Arts, care of Foxcroft Academy, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, Dexter.