Official Obituary of

Francine “Fran” Marie Clawson

May 11, 1951 ~ March 7, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old

Francine “Fran” Clawson Obituary

Francine “Fran” Marie Clawson, of Salisbury, North Carolina passed away March 7th after a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s. She was surrounded by her loved ones at the time she passed.  

Fran was born May 11th, 1951, to Myron and Jane Foster of Portland, Connecticut. Fran graduated from Mercy High School in Middletown and went on to Boston, MA to complete her schooling in Fashion Merchandising.  

Fran was best known in Salisbury NC as being a fashion icon. Her favorite color was black, and she loved accessories! She was skilled at making women and girls feel good in their skin. Her eye for fashion contributed to businesses like Belk, Bijoux Collections, and most recently, Caniche. Often, Fran would run into clients years later and would remember their prom dresses, mother of the bride dresses, bridal gowns etc.  and the entire experience. She excelled at making people feel special.  

Fran passed on her passion for fashion to her daughter Brittany and stepdaughter Meridith. Growing up, the girls would often accompany her on shopping trips laughing and bonding the whole time. Fran was an amazing mother, showing the girls how to be a strong woman and focus on the important things: coffee, good music, and bargains.  

Fran was predeceased by her father, Myron, also a victim of Alzheimer’s. She is survived by her husband Michael; daughters Brittany Lazar (Brian) and Meridith Patterson (Emmie); grandchildren Astrid Lazar and Yorke Patterson; brother Robert Foster; mother Jane Foster; and best friend Ginger Morgan. 

There will be a celebration of life Wednesday, March 13th at 3:00PM at Haven Lutheran Church   207 W. Harrison St. Salisbury NC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Haven Lutheran Church, or Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary, Care of Friends of Rowan, P.O. Box 262 Salisbury, NC 28145.

The family will visit friends briefly following the service.

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Celebration of Life
March 13, 2024

3:00 PM
Haven Lutheran Church (Salisbury)


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