2013-08-02 / Obituaries

Francis Gallagher


Francis Gallagher Francis Gallagher Francis Joan Gallagher, 86, of St. Ignace Township passed Saturday morning July 27, 2013, at Mackinac Straits Health System.

She was born to Elmer and Alberta (nee Garrison) Gallagher July 9, 1927, on Mackinac Island.

She was graduated from Thomas W. Ferry School on Mackinac Island.

Ms. Gallagher was the first woman carriage driver licensed by the Michigan State Park Commission. She moved in 1961 and moved back to St. Ignace in 2000.

She was an elder of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

She is survived by her children and their families, Rosan and Bryan Riedle of Alabama, Cheryl and Craig Chapman of Hawaii, and Gary Chapman of St. Ignace; her grandchildren and their families, Stacy Megli of Alabama, Shawn and Natasha Briley, and Kalani Chapman, all of Hawaii, Lindzay and Garrett Chapman of Maine, Cheyenne and Chris Chapman of Hills, South Carolina; great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Dako- ta, and Ryder Briley of Hawaii, and Mirielle Chapman of Hills, South Carolina; her brothers and their families, John and J.K. Gallagher of Cheboygan, and Dale Gallagher of Mackinac Island; her sister and her family, Darlene and Ted Olson of St. Ignace, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ms. Gallagher was preceded in death by her husband, Garrett Chapman, and her siblings, Rose, Joyce, and Don Gallagher, and Sandra Gugin.

A memorial service will be at Ste. Anne’s Cemetery on Mackinac Island in the fall, with date to be announced.

Dodson Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

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