Gloria Ann Francis

May 14, 1936October 3, 2020

Gloria Ann (Wright) Francis, 84, was born in Albion, Michigan on May 14, 1936 at Sheldon Memorial hospital, to the parents of Leroy Wright and Rogean (Lafayette) Clark. She departed this life on October 3, 2020. At an early age she was baptized at the Leggett Chapel AME church. In 1977 she was then baptized in the Pentecostal Church of God. She lived a dedicated spiritual life, and served as an ordained praying woman, Sunday School teacher, financial steward, usher, and many other duties. The Albion, Pentecostal Church of God assembly began in her living room in 1977. Sister Francis was a member of the Albion chapter of the NAACP and brought many changes to the community. She was a strong foundation in the Albion Public Schools system beginning at Crowell elementary school as a recruiter for the PTA and culminating in assisting parents in her community with multiple resources. Also, being effective in Harrington and Dalrymple schools as well. She served as the Parent Resource Coordinator and assistant to the principals and teachers. She was a Chapter Title One Homeschool Liaison Coordinator, providing support to the instructional program, with specific responsibilities for facilitating communication between the schools and home. She is survived by her 8 children, James Brown, Jean Ann Brown Jordan, Elvarene Showers, and Deloris Johnson all of Albion. Sylvia (Keith) Gavin of Texas. Ervin (Roberta) Williams of New York. Lacondra (Steve) Stokes of Jackson, MI, and Damoni (Betsy) Wright of Oregon, and a special son and daughter Henry Williams II also of Texas and Kitty Peak of North Carolina. She has 24 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren. Three goddaughters, Irene Gamble, Faith Ann Williams and Joyce Kemp Evans; godson Rickie Johnson. Her nieces and nephews was like her children, Deanna Bradshaw, John Amos, Tynetta Amos, Pastor Albert Amos, host of cousins She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Deloris Williams, brother Leroy Wright Jr, both grandmothers, Hattie Lee Lafayette and Hattie Wright, her grandfather Lucious Lafayette, grandson Antione James Brown, and special son-in-law Richard Showers Sr. She was well known as, “Aunt Gloria” by many, and affectionally called “Sister G”, “Gizzle”, and “Nana Banana” by her children, grand and great grandchildren. She wore many hats. She counseled whoever was in need, both young and old. She was full of love, life, and energy, devoting herself to God, family, friends, community, and anyone who needed her time and resources. Her life is an example of selfless service to her family, church, and community. She was a woman of her word and shared the love of Jesus with everyone. Ms. Francis never met a stranger and was loved and respected by all. She will be greatly missed. Funeral Service will be Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 12:30pm at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, MI 49224 with family hour starting at 10:00am prior to the service with Pastor Dwight Amos and Propitious Ruby Coats officiating. Burial will follow at Albion Memory Gardens.

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Karen Downing

October 18, 2020

Earl, Zana and I loved stopping at Gloria's house when we had the chance. She was always so welcoming. We sat and talked about family and about Aunt Hattie too.
I just found out today that Gloria passed away and I am so sorry.
Know that we loved her too and we are saying a prayer for all of you.
Earl always thought she was special. I wish I could word this as well as he would.
Love Karen and Zana ( and Earl)

Joyce Evans

October 10, 2020

I, always will remember Mom with her beautiful smile and open heart ready to encourage the heart of people , her laugh was unique I remember her pass birthday I call her to sing Happy birthday, these were her word Ree Baby is this Ree, when are you coming to see me. (My middle is Marie no one could call my name like God Mom,) I will miss her wisdom knowledge and our girl talks, love you Family remembers Mom was a strong woman of God, I want to leave these words of encouragement to our Family follow her Legacy with strong leadership, loving on each other, May God bless and strengthen you. St John 14

Kathryn Wheeler

October 8, 2020


Precious in the sight of the LORD [is] the death of his saints. (Psalms 116:15)

Comfort is one of those things we struggle to find in times of sorrow. The words of friends and loved ones tend to sooth our pain – and for that we praise the Lord. However, real comfort comes through our Father in heaven through His son Jesus Christ. The Bible declares:

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (2Corinthians 1:3-4)

It is during these difficult times that we learn how to ‘make our request known to God’ in order to experience the peace that passes all human understanding (Philippians 4:7).

Apostle Tim and Mrs. Carolyn Kurtz, the Elders, Ministers, House Gathering Hosts, and the regional family of New Life Ministries International, Real Life Ministries, and Four Winds Christian Fellowship join our hearts with the family in mourning the death of Gloria Ann Francis.

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to her daughter, Elder Elvarene Shower and all of her children, and her grandchildren. We pray that the peace of God will keep you and encourage you in the days, weeks and years to come.

Sister Francis has finished her course, and we believe with you that a crown of righteousness is laid up for her which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give her: and not her only, but to all them also that love his appearing (2Timothy 4:8). He promises to keep you in perfect peace as you keep your mind on Him (Isaiah 26:3).

Submitted this 10th Day of October, 2020

By Apostle Tim and Mrs. Carolyn Kurtz,
New Life Ministries International

Teresa Sloan

October 7, 2020

To the family of Ms. Gloria Francis, we the Embry family would like to express our deepest heartfelt sympathy for your loss. She was known as Ms. Francis to many and aunt Gloria to us, she was well respected in the community and loved by many. May she rest in the loving arms of the Father

Dolores Manthei

October 7, 2020

Gloria, was a very lovely lady.

my prayers are with her family, she will be missed by all that knew

Dolores Manthei

sherry b

October 6, 2020

Oh, Dear Lady, I will truly miss seeing you at the store and I will miss our wonderful talks. You were one of my favorites and you knew it.
Love, Sherry


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