She grew up in Bucksport and Bangor, graduated from John Bapst High School and attended Westbrook College.
She began a lifelong interest in horseback riding and horses in the mid-1950s at the Tally-Ho summer day camp in Stockton Springs, where she often fearlessly chose to ride the biggest horse available. In the 1960s, she was a camper at Teela-Wooket in Roxbury, Vt., and later was a counselor. She also was an avid skier starting in the late 1950s.
Much of Fran’s life was spent on Mount Desert Island, where she dedicated herself to raising her wonderful daughters Sarah and Rachel. After the girls graduated from college, Fran left MDI for Verona Island to pursue her lifelong dream of having a farm with horses, cows, dogs, amongst other animals. Fran could never go to a dog pound without leaving with one. She often, said, “I’d be happy with just animals, as they don’t talk back.” While Fran was an avid lover of animals, her warmth and kindness extended to people in the same manner.
Fran is survived by her daughters, Sarah C. Butler of MDI and Boston, and Rachel W. Butler of Chester, N.Y. and Ocala, Fla.; her brothers Peter J. Clough of Texas and David R. Clough of Yarmouth; and her husband, James Rowley.
A small, private service was held Oct. 9, 2015, on her beloved Verona Island farm.