Covell Funeral Home

312 Pine Street, Elk Rapids, MI


Mary Catherine Francis

December 3, 1963February 13, 2020

Mary Catherine Francis went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 13, 2020. Mary was the youngest child of fourteen children born to the late John and Mary Francis of Rapid City. She attended schools in Elk Rapids and was part of the Class of ’83. She loved her classmates very much and spoke of them often “by name” throughout the rest of her life. If you were lucky enough to know Mary, you will likely remember her most for her warm, affectionate smile. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary, as well as four brothers, William, Michael, Patrick and Kevin. She is survived by brothers and sisters, John, Thomas, Teresa, Coleen, Harriet, Margaret, David, Denisa and Lawrence, along with many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be on Friday, February 21 from 5 pm to 9 pm and will continue on Saturday, February 22 at 9 am with a funeral service beginning at 11 am where friends of Mary Catherine are encouraged to attend and share stories and memories with her family. Visitation and services will be hosted by Covell Funeral Home, 312 Pine Street in Elk Rapids. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mary Catherine’s memory to Munson Hospice House.


  • Munson Hospice House


  • Visitation Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Visitation Saturday, February 22, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 22, 2020


Mary Catherine Francis

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Katie Davis

February 18, 2020

Almost every memory I have of my Aunt Mary involves laughter. Her smile was contagious. She was so proud to be from a large family & her siblings were all so important to her. I will greatly miss her warm & loving personality.

Jeannie Fowler

February 18, 2020

I met Mary when I was eight years old. She was my friend my companion and my next-door neighbor. I have many fond memories in my childhood with her. I was a city girl moving to the country and again she showed me every nook and cranny in the woods! We played together we swam together we rode bikes together we talked together! She was a true pleasure to be around. Mary will be missed! Sincere condolences to the whole family!

Karen Hockstad

February 16, 2020

Mary was a treasured member of the Elk Rapids Class of 83. We were blessed to call her a friend. She was so loved by all of us. She always had a smile for everyone. RIP Mary. Condolences to the entire Francis family.

Tracey Peal

February 15, 2020

Mary’s smile will be missed by so many. She was such a great cheerleader for our class both in school and after! We love her dearly. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends.

April Putman

February 15, 2020

So many fond memories of Mary. Too numerous to list. Smile every time I think of them. Latest where I work with her sister by her side. Got my much needed hug!

Denise Marshall

February 14, 2020

My earliest memories with Aunt Mary are of exploring the woods behind my grandparents house. She knew every inch of the sandy trails and loved sharing a good hike with us kids. She had a fantastic laugh! She was an extremely thoughtful person and knew just what to say when my father passed away much too young. She is dearly loved and will be terribly missed.