Grace Francis

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Grace Francis, 99, of Sioux Rapids, formerly of Linn Grove, passed away on Monday, June 30, 2008, at the Sioux Care Center in Sioux Rapids.

Services for Grace were held on Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at Riverside Presbyterian Church, PCA, in Linn Grove. Rev. Russell Westbrook officiated. Interment took place in Barnes Township Cemetery at Linn Grove.

L. Grace Horton, the daughter of W. Charlie and Ida E. (Burnette) Horton, was born in Wayne County, Ky., on July 17, 1908. She lived her youth and received her education in the Monticello and Somerset, Ky. area.

Grace was united in marriage to E. Clem Francis on Oct. 22, 1924, at Jeffersonville, Ind., and to this union five children were born. Clem and Grace's married lifetime was spent farming in the Linn Grove area. Clem passed away in 1982. Grace later resided at the Methodist Manor in Storm Lake and became a resident of the Sioux Care Center on April 19, 2002.

Grace was affiliated with the Riverside Presbyterian Church, PCA in Linn Grove.

She was honored in a newspaper article for the many beautiful quilts she had made and was given the honorary title of "Queen of the Quilts" in Linn Grove.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clem; one daughter, Jean Hurley; four sons: Bruce, Jon, Joe and Ellis; four sisters: Ladonna Shearer, Emily Taylor, Rose Holstein and Frances Shearer; a grandson, Danny Hurley; and one daughter-in-law, Madonna Francis.

Grace is survived by her son-in-law: Buck Hurley of Oak Island, N.C.; two daughters-in-law: Jean Francis of Anoka, Minn. and Phyllis Francis of Storm Lake; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 26 great-great grandchildren.

The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids was in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials were requested to the Riverside Presbyterian Church in Linn Grove.