Frances Roy Friedman

DATELINE: Providence

Friedman, Frances Roy, 93, died Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Laurelmead surrounded by her family.  She was the beloved wife of the late David Friedman for 64 years, and the daughter of the late Harry and Wilca (Gerstenblatt) Roy.  Born in Providence, she was a lifelong resident of Providence.

Frances was a member of Temple Beth-El and a former member of Temple Emanu-El. She was a life member of Hadassah and she attended Bryant & Stratton College, earning a degree.

Devoted mother of Diane Ducoff and her husband, Dr. Robert Ducoff, of Providence and the late Larry Friedman and mother-in-law of Marilyn (Glenn) Friedman Shealey, of North Kingstown.  Adored Aunt of Karen Ostrowsky and her husband, Howard, of Warwick. Dear sister of the late Nathan Roy, Betty Levy, and Ida Massover. Loving grandmother of Michelle Miller and her husband, Andrew, Patti Albert, Lynn Belkin and her husband, Matthew, Michael Friedman and his wife, Lauri, Mark Friedman and his wife, Shelby, Leslie Friedman and her husband, Evan Harvey, Louis Ostrowsky and his husband, Lazaro Zayas, and Danielle Kramer and her husband, Brian. Treasured great-grandmother of Sydney and Adam Miller, Ysabel and Dylan Albert, Matthew, Eric, Lexi, and David Friedman, and Micah and Alec Kramer. Cherished aunt of Maxine Roy Richman, Maureen Levy Krasnow, Robert Roy, Kenneth Levy (Paulette), Joshua Reitzas (Megan), Fred Haas, Alan Friedman (Carol), Brian Friedman (Bobbie), and Gary Friedman.  Dear sister-in-law of Murray Friedman.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, at 12:00 noon at Temple Beth-El, 70 Orchard Ave., Providence.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Jewish Alliance – Friedman Ducoff Miller Family Fund, 401 Elmgrove Ave., Providence, RI 02906, Temple Beth-El – Frances and David Friedman Fund, 70 Orchard Ave., Providence, RI 02906, or Kindred Hospice, 2374 Post Rd., #206, Warwick, RI 02886.  Shiva will be observed at Laurelmead, 355 Blackstone Blvd., Providence, Tuesday 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.


  1. Beth and Bill Samuels
    Jun 27, 2017

    Our condolences to Diane and Bobby, Marilyn and Glenn, Karen and Howie, and all of Fran’s wonderful family. She was a true matriarch and role model for many generations. We were fortunate to know her for many years, and to experience the closeness of her family’s friendships. May her memory be a blessing to you all.
    With love, Beth and Bill Samuels

  2. Gerald A Fernandez
    Jun 27, 2017

    I pray God’s blessing upon the family of Mrs. Frances Roy Friedman. Mrs. Friedman and her late husband, David Friedman were always the most gracious couple I ever met. They treated me with kindness and they both had a sincere interest in my well-being. I will always remember her smile and calming voice. Thank you for a life well lived. I learned a lot from being in your presence.

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