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Esther Francois | Obituaries | Joplin’s Globe

April 27, 1934
May 9, 2022

Esther E. Francis, 88, of Carl Junction, died Monday, May 9, 2022 at Joplin Gardens in Joplin, MO.
Esther, daughter of the late Kenneth and Clara (Marth) Thompson, was born April 27, 1934 in Rosendale Township, MN. Shortly after graduating from high school, Esther married Orville Francis on January 28, 1954 in St. James, MN. Together they started the first trash removal business in St. James, which they owned and operated until they retired to Arizona in 1983. She worked for many years as an accountant in St. James, MN, then as executive secretary and accountant in Mesa, AZ. . On October 29, 2012, Orville Francis died in Mesa, AZ. Soon after, Esther moved to Carl Junction to be closer to her family. Esther was a talented artist and loved painting, drawing, crocheting and loved genealogical research.
Survivors include her children, Bonnie Zorn, and her husband, Keith, of Carl Junction, Lee Francis and Todd Francis, both of St. James, MN, and Tim Francis, of Spokane, WA; grandchildren, Joel Zorn, Brandi Zorn Beene and husband James, Nick Francis, and wife, Stephanie, Tasha Sargent and husband Matt, Michelle Odegard and friend Scott Anacker, Amber Francis, and Chelsey Francis and husband Leo; siblings, Clarence Thompson, Paul Thompson, and his wife, Esther, and Harlan Thompson, all of MN; and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and her husband, Esther was predeceased by her two brothers, Arthur Thompson and Murvin Thompson, two sisters, Grace Carstensen and Joyce Blowers, her half-sister Joanne Montemurno, a grandson Brandon Francis and a great-grandson, Gabriel Francis.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Parker Mortuary with the Reverend Bob Simon officiating. Interment will take place at a later date at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mercy Health Foundation or Joplin Gardens and may be entrusted to the mortuary. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at Joplin Gardens for the exceptional care provided to Esther during her time as a resident.
Arrangements are in the personal custody and direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Published on May 12, 2022