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Mary Blake Francis, 101, of Silsbee, died Friday, March 21, 2014. She was born on October 27, 1912, in Varnado, Louisiana, to Lizzie Willis Blake and George Clinton Blake. Mary was a Silsbee resident for approximately sixty years. Before retiring, Mary worked as a nurse at the Kountze Hospital.Mary was a member of Silsbee First United Methodist Church and enjoyed Bible study there, and was an enthusiastic member of Senior Citizens All Together. She was known for her kindness and selflessness, and was an inspiration to a family spread across the country. She is survived by her children, Wayne Francis and his wife, Jackie, of Ojai, California and James Francis and his wife, Amy, of Brooksville, Florida; grandchildren, Nat Francis and his wife,Anna, of Bloomington, Indiana; Mary Beth McClain and her husband, George, of Du Bois, Pennsylvania; Melinda Teer and her husband, Bennette, of Sour Lake; Christopher Francis and his wife,Vikki, of Cotter, Arkansas; Timothy Francis and his wife, Sharon, of Camarillo, California; Jeremy Francis of San Jose, California; Kari Francis of Rochester, New York; Jayme Francis-Thomas and her husband, Daniel, of Union Town, Pennsylvania; Jesse Francis and his wife, Kat, of Brooksville, Florida; James Francis, and his wife,Anna, of Brooksville, Florida; thirteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Clifton Nathaniel Francis, son Clifton Nathaniel Francis, Jr. and his wife, Martha; brothers, Clinton Blake, Luther Blake,Willis Blake, and Griffin Blake, and sisters, Louise Williams and Florence Blake. Agathering ofMrs. Francis’ family and friends was from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee. Her funeral service was at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at First United Methodist Church, 670 North 5th Street, Silsbee, with interment following at Resthaven Cemetery, Silsbee. Complete and updated information can be found at www.broussards1889.com.
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