Frances Nugent

Obituary for Frances Nugent

July 6, 2016


'If you judge people…you have no time to love them' said Mother Teresa.

Frankie Nugent was a trusted confidant, loyal friend, an advocate for those who hurt and a source of strength and direction to those in need. Above all else, she was a woman who loved her family and was blessed to be called wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Frankie was a spiritual lady and touched the lives of so many people. We are all better because of the time she spent with us on earth.

Born on April 9, 1936 in Boston, Frances Joanne Boyle, known to all as 'Frankie', died unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the age of 80 after being stricken ill at work. May she rest in peace. She was the daughter of the late John J. and Elsie F. (Binnall) Boyle. Raised and educated in Newton, she graduated from the former Sacred Heart High School in Newton Centre. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from Regis College, she married Gerald F. Nugent at Saint James Church in Wellesley on May 27, 1961. They moved to Shrewsbury in 1965 to raise and educate their five children. Education was very important to Frankie and as a role model to her children, she later returned to school earning her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology at Anna Maria College, graduating two weeks before the birth of her youngest.

She began her professional career working nights as an emergency social worker with Comprehensive Emergency Services in Worcester County and would accompany the police to the homes of at-risk children in need of being removed to a safer haven. She then worked for over 20 years as a clinical supervisor at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In 2002, she joined the Diocese of Worcester as its Safe Environment Coordinator helping to implement the Office of Healing & Prevention, later becoming the Victim's Service Coordinator for the Diocese. She loved her work and colleagues at the Chancery on Elm Street. Frankie, through her dedication to her calling, was able to comfort, restore the trust, and foster the healing of many individuals.

Frankie was an active Town Meeting member for over thirty years and served tirelessly on several social service and community organizations. In her downtime, she loved a trip to Fenway Park to root for beloved Red Sox or Gillette Stadium to support Tom Brady and the Patriots. Frankie enjoyed travelling with family and friends to Cape Cod, Maine, San Francisco, Florida, Italy, and Ireland.

In addition to her husband of 55 years, Gerry, she leaves their children, Cathleen M. Burke and her husband, Frederick, Joseph P. Nugent, all of Shrewsbury, Jeffrey P. Nugent and his wife, Margo of Granville, Vermont, David M. Nugent and his wife, Jill of Millbury and Matthew J. Nugent of Shrewsbury; her grandchildren, Jacob, Caitlyn, Felisha, Meghan, Kearan, Michael and Margaret and her great granddaughter, Madison; her brother, John J. Boyle of Bourne, as well as extended family and friends, including her best friend of over 70 years.

Family and friends will honor and remember Frankie's life by gathering for calling hours at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center on Monday, July 11th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday in Saint Mary's Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury.

In honor of her life-long advocacy for the well-being of children, donations in her memory can be made to Worcester Comprehensive Education & Care, 160 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605 or online at


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