November 6, 1954 – November 13, 2020
Florette Andrea Francis nee Young, age 66, died of end-stage renal disease on November 13, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Florette is survived by her two siblings: Marjorie L. Walters and Eric A. Young; her two daughters: Stephanie A. Young-Smythe and Erica S. Francis; her grandson: Francisco A. Young-Smythe; and her nieces and nephews: Carol A. Young-Gammage, Tyrone C. Young, Charmille C. Walters, Antoinette Young, Donald Young, Ronald Young, Anthony Young, Sheryl Young, Eric Young Jr., and Christine M. Young. She is preceded in death by her parents: Eric and Adassa Young; her brother: Tyrone C. Young; and her niece: Tonietta M. Walters.
Florette was born on November 6, 1954 in Saint Andrew, Jamaica, the youngest child of parents Eric and Adassa Young. In 1969 she migrated to the United States to complete her education, living with her aunt, Merdina Morrison, and other family members. While there, she enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews and developed a skill for photography. In her early adulthood, her love of children initially led her to seek a career in education, however, while in college she discovered she had a passion for mathematics. In 1974 she graduated from the CUNY Fiorello H. LaGuardia College with a degree in Accounting and then earned a degree in Statistical Analysis from the CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College in New York City, New York in 1978.
After graduating, she briefly moved back to Jamaica to work for the Ministry of Finance and Planning. While there she met her soon to be husband Xavier Francis. In 1979 she moved to back to the United States and accepted a position with the State of Florida where she would go on to work for 20 years. She began her career there in the Economic Services Department until 1993 when she became a Lead Statistician in the Health Department’s AIDS Surveillance Program. In 2001 she retired to focus on her health, spend more time with family and work on building her own businesses. Until the time of her unfortunate passing, Florette was the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Taxwise Business Services which focused on tax preparation and entrepreneurial consulting. More recently she started a business with her sister Marjorie as the Senior Marketing Manager of Flomar Properties, LLC, a community redevelopment organization.
Florette or Fay as she was known by many friends and family was not only an active member in her community, but also a devoted member in the church. She served as the Youth Group Leader, Finance Chair and President of the United Methodist Women’s Coalition at First United Methodist Church of Hollywood. In 2015, she traveled to Israel to join the Ministry of the Yisraelite Organization of Unity. When she returned to the United States for health reasons, she continued to worship with the Thee Light of Zion congregation in South Florida where she was known as KytzatParach Bat Yasharal or Florette, Daughter of Israel.
A funeral is scheduled for Florette on November 29th, 2020, at 1:00 P.M. with a reception to follow at 2401 Southwest 64th Avenue, Davie, Florida 33317. Priest Shalamah will officiate. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Florette’s life.
Before her passing, Florette requested that all donations in her honor be sent to Thee Light of Zion congregations at P.O. Box 451203 Sunrise, FL 33345.
Florette will be dearly missed.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.forestlawnsouth.com for the Francis family.
Sunday, November 29, 2020
December 1, 2020
My earliest recollection of Fay goes back some 66 years. During my high school years I boarded for a brief time with her mother, my aunt. It was during this time that Fay came along. She was a happy and chubby baby. She migrated to the US to live with our aunt Birdie and to go to school. We lost contact until years later when I came to University in Washington, I would see her briefly when I went to visit Aunt Birdie on weekends in
the Summers. Fay was studious and showed signs of making a success educationally. I lost contact with her again and learnt that she had returned to live and work in Jamaica after college.
In recent years we only met at family funerals with occasional chats by phone. I will miss her. May she Rest In Peace.
November 30, 2020
I knew Fay from childhood when I spent time at the family home. She was about 7 years old when I met her. She always wanted to do the chores that the adults do and would complain to me that she had to do all the work.
She would stand on a concrete block to reach the kitchen sink to try and wash the dishes.
She was always smiling and very pleasant, even during her illness
Sorry she had to go so soon.
Please accept my sincere condolences
November 29, 2020
Your dedication to The Most High is the most endearing message I learned from you.
Condolences to all your family.
November 28, 2020
The Manlove Family (House of Michaahala) extend our sincere condolences to Sister Kytzatparach's family. All Praises to The Most High YAH, my family had the privilege to know her. Sis Kytzat was a soft spoken, kind and funny Sister who showed me the meaning of True Israelite sisterhood and how to forgive. She and I were suppose to have lunch together once she felt up to it. But I will definitely take a raincheck believing when we can sit down in the Kingdom and enjoy lunch together. I'm thankful for her listening and giving me sisterly guidance. She was instrumental in my walk and growth in this Truth . My family and especially myself will Greatly miss you.💞🌹
Sister Wendy and Family.
November 27, 2020
The Williams Family send our deepest condolences to Fay’s loving family. We knew Fay as the daughter of Adassa, who was the beloved “second grandma” to our children. Our children and we all shared some special holiday moments through the growing up years. I always enjoyed my conversations with Fay, such an intelligent sweet and loving woman. Her memory will always be in our hearts and may her memory be a blessing to her beloved children, family and friends.
Joyce Silvera Reid
November 27, 2020
I have known Fay from childhood and she has always been a quiet, loving, caring person who always displayed a pleasant countenance. Her smile lit up her face and lift our hearts. She will be missed. Please accept heartfelt condolences from the Reid family.
We look forward to her resurrection when Jesus Christ rule as king of God's Heavenly Kingdom. Love you all
November 27, 2020
All praises to The Most High for allowing my family a chance to get to know such a dedicated sister. No matter how she was feeling she always wanted to fellowship. I have learned so much from sharing time with her. One of those things that I admired so much was her sense of perseverance. She was truly a perfect example of someone who was soooooo determined. For example making her way around, setting appointments etc. I will never forget our last laugh and conversation. This experience has humbled our family and we are grateful but sad at the same time. For the family please be encouraged as our King says He will never give you more than you can bare.
Sister Ishur and Family
November 25, 2020
My condolences⚘ to the family 🙏rip cuz fay ❤ you will be missed❤
November 23, 2020
Our deepest condolences during this difficult time of loss for us all.
Fay blessed so many people with her faith and kindness. May her memories bring us peace.
Rest in Peace Cousin Fay
Juliette and Donovan Bowen
Kenyon Ashira Wilkerson
November 23, 2020
Moms was a rider, I personally want to thank her and very grateful for all the work she did representing Mount Zion in Israel. Personally she help me get out of debt while I was in a shelter with my kid ds. I will miss her.
Forest Lawn Funeral Home South
November 18, 2020
Forest Lawn South would like to express our deepest and sincerest condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time.
We wish you peace to bring comfort, the courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens South Staff