Marian Jane Francis, 94, ended her Life’s Journey peacefully on January 17, 2019, at Hansen Cottage, St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, of natural causes. She was born on April 22, 1924, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Eva (Baumgartner) and Floyd Palm. Three years later Marian became an older sister to Doris. They were raised in Richmond Heights, Missouri. Her favorite childhood memory was taking a trip from St. Louis to Estes Park, Colorado, in a Model A. She graduated from Maplewood High School and also Clayton Business School.
Marian met the “Love of Her Life,” Nicholas Francis at a USO Dance at Jefferson Barracks six weeks before he shipped out to New Guinea and Okinawa during WWII. She wrote to him every day for 2 and a half years. When he returned the couple married in 1946 and made their home in North St. Louis County (Florissant). They were married for 58 years. They had two children, Nicholas (Nick) and Sharon. In 1955 Marian began her career as a Sales Representative for an Advertising Company. She paved the way for young women to enter the work force. She was very successful with sales and retired after working 25 years. They retired in Greeley, Co. and then later in Green Valley, Az. She always enjoyed flying with her husband and with her son-in-law. They made many trips by air from Greeley to Colstrip for visits. After Nick’s death she moved to Billings, Montana, and made Mission Ridge, Vista, Hansen Cottage, and Lakeview Assistive Living (Colstrip) her home. She enjoyed visiting with her special friends, reading, attending church (First Church of Christ Scientist), and being a part of all the activities and action. Marian was also a Volunteer for the Reading Program at a nearby school.
Marian loved her family with all her heart. Education was extremely important to her and she impressed that upon them. She supported them by attending many of their events, basketball games, track meets, cross country meets, dance recitals, golfing events, plays, and even a musical. She loved visiting with all of them, caring for them and setting an example for them to follow.
Marian was a kind, positive woman who expressed “Love To All”. Her spirituality was extremely important to her and she demonstrated God’s Love by setting an example for other’s to follow. She was a very grateful woman and expressed her gratitude often, especially in her later years. She was truly a unique individual, a “Proper Woman” that will be missed by all that knew her.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Nick. She is survived by her sister Doris Parks, Florissant, Mo., two children, Sharon Dinstel (Del) of Park City/Ridge, MT. and Nick Francis (Jan) of Greeley, Co.; three grandchildren Synda Savage (Josh), Randy Francis (Roxanne), Alison Gutshall (Nick), eight great grandchildren, three nephews, and one niece.
A Celebration Of Life Service will be on January 31, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Lillis Chapel on the St. John’s Campus.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Habitat for Humanity Restore, Billings, Montana, or to your local library.