OBITUARY

Mrs. Marie D Francis

February 22, 1957February 5, 2021
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Marie Dolores Francis Cecere, 63, of Fort Worth, Texas passed away February 5th, 2021.

She was born in Rome, Italy on February 22, 1957. Marie graduated from Texas Christian University, received a Bachelors Degree in Social Work, and enjoyed a long career in social work helping others. She also served on the board of directors for the Texas Association of Community Action Agencies, was integral in championing the Rising Stars program, and taught Italian through TCU adult education.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 29 years Rhys Francis, her mother Marcella Skaggs, and her father Albert Skaggs.

She is survived by her son Bryce Francis, her daughter Alexandra Headrick, son in law Kevin Headrick, and her husband Joseph Cecere.

She was a student of language and culture, loved to travel, and was fiercely passionate about helping others. She was never seen without a classic pair of heels and an elegant jacket, and her compassion, quick wit, and care for others will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Please join us for a visitation Wednesday, February 24th from 5:30-7:30pm and in celebrating her life with a service Thursday February 25th at 12:30 at the J.E. Foust and Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Grapevine with burial and reception to follow at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park and Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Transforming Lives, a charity Marie loved at https://www.transforminglives.org/

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

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  • Committal Service

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Daphne Brookins

February 25, 2021

To me Marie was the epitome of a fairy godmother on Earth. She was not only my boss, but she was my mentor, my partner in crime and my sweet true dear friend. She was there for me through all the ups and downs in my life for the last 10 years and I'm just so sad that I could not be there for her because of Covid. She has touched all of us in different ways but all the ways we're positive. I will definitely miss her and I will keep on striving for greatness because I know that's what you would tell me to do. May you rest in peace my friend.

Paula Jackson

February 25, 2021

Marie, you will be greatly missed. You were the Champion for CAP; always fighting for the clients and making sure that they received every service that they needed. I cannot imagine CAP without YOU! Your wit, intellect, smile, humor and sage advice always permeated though every situation and crisis we encountered. I will greatly miss our road trips to Texas Association of Community Action Agencies meetings and conferences. This was our opportunity to have in-depth conversations about CAP processes and programs. Marie, thank you for your dedication, commitment and passion for the work that you did on behalf of our clients. It is so hard to say good-bye; but my friend I will see you some day in your heels, smiling and fussing about what we did not do to ensure that our clients receive every service that they deserve. Rest in peace.

Charlain French

February 25, 2021

Praying for all of you. Such a beautiful woman and I am thankful to have known her. I know your hearts are sad, and I know that she is with our Abba Father. I pray that He comforts your hearts and gives you peace. I love all of you so much.

Stella Rodriguez

February 24, 2021

I am extremely heart broken over the passing of Marie; she was a beautiful woman inside and out.

Marie was always so positive and accepted changes and challenges with a focus on making things work and shared her knowledge not only with the City of Fort Worth team members but with her peers across the state of Texas and beyond. She was honest, funny, intellectual, professional, essential, and so much more.

Marie served on the board of directors of the Texas Association of Community Action Agencies (TACAA) and frequently shared solutions to problems and offered her opinion or addressed community action matters. She was an active participant on the TACAA Conference Committee and contributed to the conferences by finding speakers and inspiring her own team members as trainers. She was well respected and never said no to requests for assistance.

I know her drive was inspired to do the best for her community and help those in need. Marie’s commitment to Community Action for over 40 years is commendable and honored; I salute her! She leaves a huge void and a legacy of helping those in need.

I can’t imagine what her team members and family are going through. My condolences, thoughts and prayers to all. Know that she is an Angel in Heaven, watching all of us to carry on to help those in need.

Marie, I miss you!

Stella Rodriguez
Former Executive Director, TACAA

Dick Dierker

February 24, 2021

Rhys was my best friend and I knew Lori through him. After his death, and the death of my wife Cheryl, Lori and I became great friends. We had a lot in common and she was a wonderful person to be able to just get together with for a lunch or dinner and share time and thoughts.
My best memory was a trip to Italy with Lori and my two friends Philip and Alice. We had such a great time and Lori was the tour guide and interpreter. So many laughs and adventures. She loved to travel and we often talked about places to go and things to see.
She was a delight and will be greatly missed.

Monique Hill

February 24, 2021

Marie, was a true definition of a lady, loyal friend, mother and daughter. She greeted us daily with a smile and a memorable laugh when she was amused. She possessed great intelligence and a love for the field of social work and love for all of the clients served by the City of Fort Worth. She is and will be terribly missed as a friend and co-worker. I remember her her tipping around the office in her very stylish heels and ensuring that her hair was just perfect. We frequently joked with her telling her she was our sister from another mother (because of the texture of her hair, I happen to be African American). We shared a love for Italy, though I have never been, I always told Marie, I was going to follow her home as it is one of my dream vacation destinations. Now, when I go, I will go in true Lori spirit and try to enjoy all of the parts of the culture she shared with me. I loved her and miss hear dearly. My sincere condolences to her family, Bryce, Alex and Joe.

Vicki Hinesley

February 24, 2021

There a many memories I have of Marie and her family during the years our children attended the same schools during from elementary to high school. We attended many choir performances over the years and even one special international choir trip to Italy. I'll never forget the stories and behind-the scenes information she provided on that trip, especially the time our kids sang in the middle of the Pantheon in Rome. But I witnessed her compassion when bringing some of my daughter's closest choir friends to Our Children's House in Dallas to visit my daughter multiple times as she recovered from traumatic brain injury. She had a heart for those who suffered. It is still difficult to believe she is not with us. She was a wonderful mom and friend with a beautiful smile. She will be missed by many.

Victor Turner

February 24, 2021

Marie was a joy to be around and a great co-worker. She will be dearly missed by all of us at the City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Services Department.

Our prayers and sympathy are extended to the family.

Suzanne Richards

February 24, 2021

I will forwever remember and be inspired by Marie's passion and commitment to helping those in poverty and striving for a better life. I recall many times consulting with Marie on the job and trying to present convincing justification to help individuals facing extreme hardship. She was never one to say no or figure out a way to deny services and supports. She worked with me many times to figure out creative ways to say "yes" and help individuals get immediate housing after eviction, transportation to get to an interview, clothing for a once in a lifetime interview, and tuition for school. She was a very hard working woman, an inspiration in fact, and helped many people during the hardest times in their lives. God bless her and her family! She will be greatly missed.

Janet Ruiz

February 24, 2021

I don't make a lot of friends, and Marie was one of my few friends. She pulled me out of my house so many times when I lived in Fort Worth. She was adventure and discovery, and I am happy that she took me along her adventures many times. Marie was an unexpected loss, but she leaves us with so many wonderful experiences and memories. I am sure she will find wonder and enjoyment in her new adventure in the arms of God. My prayers and sincere condolences to the whole family.

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