Frances Elizabeth Elphick (nee Alton) of Lucknow died Sept. 22, 2023, at Maitland Manor, Goderich, at the age of 87. Beloved wife of the late David Elphick who predeceased her in 2022. Dear mother of Donna Elphick and her partner, Greg Liddle, of Goderich. Survived by her siblings, Mary Irwin of Newmarket, Dorothy Harris of Australia, and Don Alton of Lucknow. Predeceased by her granddaughter, Jacqueline; brother, Ken Alton; and sister, JoAnne Alton. Fran loved all things that grew. Whether it was a tree, vegetable, calf, flower, duck or lost lamb, she would carefully tend to it and ensure it grew strong and healthy. She used her skills well and served the community by being a long-time member of the Ripley Horticultural Society, and a leader for the 4-H Homemaking Club. Her love of baking was evident in the number of pies she prepared and served at the sales barn over the years, People from far and wide would come to the sales and enjoy a piece of Fran's homemade pie to top off their day. In her later years, she kept busy baking, oil painting, and quilting. Her busy hands are now at rest. A graveside service will be conducted at Lochalsh Cemetery, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, at 11 a.m.; arrangements entrusted to the MacKenzie and McCreath Funeral Home, Lucknow; www.mackenzieandmccreath.com.