Gretchen Carol Esser Francisco

March 13, 1934October 29, 2015

On Thursday, October 29, 2015,Gretchen Carol Esser Francisco,81, died peacefully at Methodist Hospice House after a long illness. She is survived by her husband of over 61 years, JerryThomas Francisco; daughters, Lisa Abitz (Don) of Memphis, Susan Francisco of Jackson,TN, Tabitha McNabb (Leland) of Germantown; and grandson, Lee McNabb (Jen) of Charlotte, NC. Carol graduated from Dobbins- Bennett High School, Kingsport, TN in 1952. She married on June 30, 1954 and graduated University of Tennessee College of Nursing, Memphis in 1955. She worked briefly at The John Gaston Hospital, was a homemaker for her husband, three children and many beloved pets, member of AAUW, and volunteered for several charitable organizations. Memorial services will be at Balmoral Presbyterian Church at 6413 Quince Rd. in Memphis, TN on Wednesday, November 4. Family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m., with memorial service to follow. The family requests, that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The U.T. College of Nursing, Memphis; Balmoral Presbyterian Church on Quince; American Cancer Society; or the charity of the donor’s choice.


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 4, 2015
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Gretchen Carol Esser Francisco

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Stella Burts

November 3, 2015

Thank God for giving you so many years with your mom.
I pray that God will comfort you and your family with his peace.
May God bless each of you.

Bill McGroom

November 3, 2015

Deepest sympathy to Dr. Jerry and family. Bill, Libby, Betsy, Brian and Katie.

Barbara Jackson Crawford

November 1, 2015

I grew up with Carol in Church Hill, TN and we were friends until she left for college. I attended Church Hill Presbyterian Church with her and her mom and dad. They were always so nice to me and even though we did not keep in touch, they were always in my heart. I am so sad to hear of her passing and will give a donation to Sullivan Baptist Church Building Fund, Kingsport, TN in her memory. May God Bless all of you and give you peace and comfort during this time of sorrow.

Dee Dee Wike

October 31, 2015

Tabitha, I am so sorry for your loss and am praying for you and your family during this time. May God's peace and the love of friends and family give you comfort.

Bill Jones

October 31, 2015

We cherish our friendship and memories of Carol and send all of you our heartfelt thoughts and prayers. Love, Lida and Bill Jones