Kathy Francis

January 27, 1956July 11, 2014

Katherine Elaine Hopes was born to Ollie Hopes and Ora M. Hopes, on January 27, 1956, in Washington County, Texas.

At an early age, she accepted Christ into her life, and united with Rock Chapel Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Rev. Eddie Williams, in Brenham, Texas.

She married James Francis on March 15, 1974 and relocated to Austin, Texas in 1981. They united with St. John College Heights Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late W.M. Reed where she served in the Ministers & Deacons Wives and Health Ministries. She was employed with Austin Travis County Integral Care for over 20 years.

Preceding her in death is her father (Ollie Hopes), sisters (Ollie Mae Rogers and Dora Taylor), brothers (Elmus Hopes, Arthur Hopes and Ruben Charles).

Katherine leaves to cherish her memories; husband, Rev. James Francis; daughters, Myeshia Francis-Parker and Jamie Francis-Leverenz (Kevin Leverenz); grandsons, Gerald “Tre” Parker III and Ethan Leverenz; mother, Ora Mae Hopes; sister, Alberta Kemp; brothers, Leonard Lipscomb, Ira “Blue” Hopes, Ronald Hopes (Stacey Hopes), Kevin Ray, Oscar Taylor and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


  • Visitation Friday, July 18, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 19, 2014

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August 12, 2014

Just a note to say to Rev. Francis, Myeshia, Jamie, Trey, Ethan and Kevin. I wanted to get up and say something at the funeral, but I was to emotional and it would not come out clear. It has been 31 day since we lost Kathy. July 11th Kathy was elated and happy to meet or maker! No more pain and suffering for Kathy. She is at peace. It is going to be hard not having her here with us, but we all know that Kathy would want us to go on living and being good on this side. I will be praying for you all on a daily basis. Kathy was a dear friend/sister to me. My heart will forever hold the things she helped me through. May God Bless you and keep you all. The Harrisons are just a phone call away. Much Love, Laine

Helen S. Ringer

July 23, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. During those difficult days ahead, know that God is your comforter. Stay blessed.

Vance Clewis

July 19, 2014

James and family, May your grief be comforted from the prayers from us who loved Kathy Francis dearly. Kathy Francis a dear friend I will truly miss. "She is just over yonder".

Sincerely with sympathy, Vance

Vance Clewis

July 19, 2014

May your grief and longing for another moment be comforted by the prayers from those of us who loved Kathy Francis dearly. Thank you Kathy Francis for your friendship. I will remember you always.

Sincerely and with sympathy, Vance

Michelle Hall

July 18, 2014

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Tyees Holcombe

July 17, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Pamela Cunningham

July 17, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Sheree Cunningham

July 16, 2014

My heart and prayers goes out to the Francis family in this time of loss.

Donald & Janice Lee

July 16, 2014

James you and your Family are in our prayers, may God's grace comfort you during this time of grief.

Chuck and Cathy Rogers

July 16, 2014

Our condolences and prayers go out to the family. While we didn't know Kathy well, we certainly enjoyed the neighborhood chats we had with her. She was a special lady.