Mother Frances Lee Canteen, 87, of Middlefield, CT, peacefully departed this life on Saturday, March 2, 2024, with her adoring family by her side. Born April 13, 1936, in Bishopville, SC, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Sadie Blair Hickman.

Frances was employed at various jobs over the years and retired from Wesleyan University and Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Middletown.

Mother Canteen was a devoted, faithful member of The Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church for over 60 years where she lovingly contributed her time and talents to numerous ministries. She exemplified her unwavering faith through her tireless commitment to our weekly Sunday School, Bible Study, and Prayer ministry. She was a pillar of the congregation, serving on the Mother’s Board, lending her voice to the Shiloh Centennial Traveling Choir, and warmly welcoming worshippers as an Usher. Her caring nature extended beyond the pews, as she faithfully provided invaluable assistance to Bishop and Co-Pastor Cotten as a dedicated nurse and a member of the Pastors’ Aide ministry. Committed to spreading the message of faith far and wide, she served as a Missionary, bringing hope and compassion to communities near and far. Additionally, she was an integral member of the Sisters of the Kingdom ministry, embodying sisterhood and support for fellow believers. She was not content with simply attending to spiritual matters, but she also rolled up her sleeves to serve in the food pantry, ensuring that those in need received nourishment and care. Her legacy of selflessness and service will forever inspire and uplift all who were fortunate enough to know her. Beyond her religious contributions, her outgoing spirit ensured she never met a stranger, welcoming everyone with open arms and a warm smile.

She leaves to cherish her memories her loving daughter, Kelly (Curvin) Council; Siblings, Ernest (Eileen) Hickman, Sr., Robert Odell (Alice) Hickman; Julie (James) Carraway; Bertha Gaskins; Addie Gibson; William Rosado; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Her loving son, Ronnie Canteen, predeceased her. She was also predeceased a sister, Mabel Hickman; and a brother, Henry Hickman, Jr.

A celebration of Ms. Canteen’s life and legacy will be held Friday, March 8, 2024, at 11:00 A.M. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 346 Butternut St. Middletown. Viewing and visitation will be held at the church from 10:00-11:00 A.M. The burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Middletown, CT.

The Homegoing Celebration will be livestreamed by visiting the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church’s Facebook Live page or Zoom – 301-715-8592 passcode 464-159-1781