Salon 14

Francine Edwards

December 14, 1959 ~ April 8, 2021 (age 61)



Francine graced this world with her presence on December 14, 1959 in Boston, MA.  She departed this world on April 8, 2021 at 9:33pm in Raleigh, NC at the age of 61.  She was the loving daughter of the late Preston Robinson and Rosetta Robinson.  Her family and close friends fondly referred to her as “Franny”.

Franny attended school at the Julia Ward Howe, Timilty Middle School, and The English High School.  She furthered her education at Suffolk University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems.  She graduated Cum Laude, a distinction of academic honor, all the while working full-time and raising a family.

She led an accomplished and rewarding career in Information Technology as a Computer Programmer and Analyst.  While at John Hancock Insurance Company, she received company-wide recognition, and a significant monetary award for creating computer code that saved the company millions of dollars.  Her accomplishment was so impressive that the Bay State Banner published it in an article. 

Her interest eventually turned to law, which led her to complete several semesters at Roger Williams University of Law in Rhode Island before deciding to travel the country.

Her accomplishments and endeavors extended beyond academics and her IT career. 

Franny was exceptionally smart, with boundless creative energy and endless curiosity for learning new things. 

  • She joined her high school Photography club and quickly became popular for her mastery of that craft. 
  • She became an impeccable seamstress, after receiving her first sewing machine at the age of 15.  Making prom dresses for family members, and replicating clothing seen in stores was a fun hobby for her.  She always insisted on good quality fabric, and when she purchased clothing, it also had to have excellent workmanship. 
  • She modeled in fashion shows across Boston, often in collaboration with her sister Cynthia’s organization, and with other groups throughout the city. 
  • She taught her son C++ computer programming when he was 13 years old. 
  • She had carpentry skills, creating a finished basement with 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, and family room.
  • She was a published author, and her book was on the shelves of a Tennessee library.


She was fun, funny, and bubbly.  You could always count on her to pull a good prank on someone.  She was loving and generous.  She was classy and down to earth, always opening her big heart to everyone, ensuring that no one was left out.  Her beautiful smile exuded warmth and happiness that could be felt by all.  She loved her family and always encouraged people to see themselves as she saw them, which was beautiful, smart, and capable.

Her brilliance, smile and beauty will be missed by all.

She leaves behind two sons, Jean Occeus Jr. and Jacob Edwards IV, a daughter LaTeisha Edwards, a granddaughter Gisele Adella Occeus, a brother Gregory Robinson and his wife Valerie Robinson, two sisters, Al Hajjah Rahimah Rahim and Karen Robinson, and over 75+ nieces and nephews, and a host of cousins and friends. She is predeceased by three sisters, Theresa Baines, Cynthia Pettie, and Denise Fuentes, and a brother, Preston Robinson Jr..


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 Service Program


April 20, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Davis Funeral Home
MATTAPAN, Massachusetts 02126-3242

Funeral Service
April 20, 2021

11:00 AM
Davis Funeral Home
MATTAPAN, Massachusetts 02126-3242

Video is available for this event

Interment following funeral service
April 20, 2021

Fairview Cemetery
45 Fairview Ave
Hyde Park, MA 02136

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