FARMINGTON – Ella Marie Francis passed away March 12, 2018, at Parkland Health Center at the age of 85. She was born May 21, 1932, in Cornwall, Missouri, to the late tony Elbert Elders and Gladys Jewell (Corcoran) Elders. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Diane Francis; sisters, Glenda Ruth Hahn, Mary Lou Hunt and infant sister, Dorothy May Elders.
Ella went to high school in Doe Run, Missouri and in August of 1950 married Lee Francis in Pocahontas, Arkansas. They lived in Phoenix, Arizona, for eight years before moving back home to the Farmington area. She was in real estate sales for many years and also co-owned Farmington Kawasaki with her husband. She was a member of past president of the Mineral Area Board of Realtors. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and making jewelry. Music was a big part of Ella’s life. She played piano and accordion and sang as well. She firmly believed in the teachings of Jesus Christ and had been a Sunday School teacher. The love of God and family guided her through life.
A member of the Eastern Star, she worked her way through the chairs to become Worthy Matron. She was a member of the Beauceant, where she was director of music.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Lee Francis; a son, Duaine Lee Francis; a grandson, Aaron Lee Francis; siblings, Ray (Sharon) Elders, Norma Jewel Upchurch and Charlotte Ann Tidwell; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call Thursday, March 15, at Cozean Memorial Chapel from 9-10 a.m. with a funeral service to follow in the Cozean Chapel at 10 a.m. with Rev. Donn Adamson officiating. Interment will follow at Parkview Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation. View the online obituary and share your condolences at cozeanfuneralhome.com.