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Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley Inc.

10 West Padonia Road, Timonium, MD

OBITUARY

Blanche Elizabeth Francis

November 13, 1925January 10, 2020
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On January 10, 2020 Blanche Elizabeth Francis (nee Jenkins) ; daughter of the late George and Augusta Jenkins, step daughter of the late Mathilde Jenkins; devoted wife of the late Charles Emory Francis; loving mother of Barbara Francis, Cathy Murphy, Michael Francis and his wife Cindy, and Annie Grybos and her husband Mike; cherished grandmother of Michael, Katie, Jimmy, and Michael; dear sister of the late Betty Jenkins.

The family will receive friends at the Lemmon FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY INC., 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, Maryland 21093 on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 4:00pm-8:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Joseph Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030 on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 10:00am.

Interment Private.

In lieu of Flowers , contributions may be made in Blanche's Honor to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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Bonnie Powell

January 16, 2020

SO SORRY TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF BLANCHE. THIS BEAUTIFUL, COMPASSIONATE, HELPFUL, POSITIVE WOMEN WHO COULD ALWAYS BE COUNTED ON TO GIVE HER VERY BEST FOR OTHERS.

OUR CONDOLENCES TO HER DEVOTED FAMILY.
SHE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL OF US WHO LOVED HER.

BONNIE & BUD POWELL
ANNAPOLIS, MD


Barbara Wheeler

January 13, 2020

Blanche was always kind enough to ask how you were doing. She will be missed by all she touched.

Gary McCullough

January 13, 2020

My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your dear mother. Your mom was a very special lady and I feel honored to have known her. With her passing all the girls can once again play cards together... one of the many fond memories I have of her at my parent's home. Her loss will be felt by so many people... and hoping you can find some comfort in all the prayers and Love being sent your way. Heaven has a new bright spirit shining in the sky tonight... and watching down upon all those she loves. God Bless and keep you.

Hugs & LOVE,
Gary McCullough
Newberry, FL

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Biography

On January 10, 2020 Blanche Elizabeth Francis (nee Jenkins) ; daughter of the late George and Augusta Jenkins, step daughter of the late Mathilde Jenkins; devoted wife of the late Charles Emory Francis;
loving mother of Barbara Francis, Cathy Murphy, Michael Francis and his wife Cindy, and Annie Grybos and her husband Mike; cherished grandmother of Michael, Katie, Jimmy, and Michael; dear sister of the late Betty Jenkins.

The family will receive friends at the Lemmon FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY INC., 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, Maryland 21093 on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 4:00pm-8:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Joseph Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030 on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 10:00am.

Interment Private.

In lieu of Flowers , contributions may be made in Blanche's Honor to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.



Barbara's Eulogy:


First I would like to thank everyone here today and those who came yesterday to honor Mom and support us. We are truly humbled and thankful that you are in our lives

My Mom
Mom was born on November 13, 1925. To put this into perspective, that was only 5 years after the 19th amendment was passed giving women a right to vote.

She was born into a family with strong role models. All of her aunts, uncle and father were educate. The aunts were as teachers and nurses. My grandfather was an engineer/builder and Uncle Frances an air pilot/sports announcer/ builder. Aunt Blanche and Aunt Genevieve started teaching in a one room school house by the Tapphannock in Tidewater Virginia. They instilled in their families that education was the key to everything – especially being able to be self -sufficient.

Mom and Dad were married when Mom was 19 – during WWII.
She bought her gown in New York – one of only two on the rack due to the war shortage. By the time she was married, Mom had worked as a clerk of the children’s court, as a vetinarian’s assistant and been educated at St. Pauls School for Girls and graduated from Towson High School located on Bosley Rd.
This is where she met Dad. As the story goes - he threw the fateful snowball that started their romance. At the conclusion of War II, housing was in demand, so Aunt Genevieve and Uncle Ralph - a renown lawyer in Baltimore -started organizing building businesses to meet this demand. The Jenkins and Francis, Talbott, Proutt, Smith, Dawson and others set about starting building businesses to build many communities we know today as Lochern off Liberty Rd, Aero Acres in Essex, Southland Hills in Towson, Warren Rd in Cockeysville area, Severna Park in Anne Arundel County. Uncle Frances ventured the farthest and founded Orange,Texas.

Mom graduated with a B degree which stood for Business from Towson High. With her shorthand, stenographer and accounting skills – mom handled all the books with a capital B. It was not unusual for us to find her looking the 10 cent difference in the balance sheets and thumbing the many ledgers of the business.
When I was born, I was placed in a padded laundry basket with warm blankets and grew up beside her. As children, we were always included and helped in any way.
Mom and Dad also sold the houses they built – they had both a real estate and building business.

As she and Dad created their family, we often had lectures or words of wisdom. First we learned to “watch our P’s and Q’s”. If we didn’t - we got the Look, which was followed an invitation to go outside in case we missed the look and did not mind those p’s and q’s. We were trained in all the social skills of the day including how to properly dance at the Cotillion.
Our treats were many – fine dinners, travel to Florida, New York and Ocean City and a new home in Carroll Manor built by Dad.
We moved to Carrol Manor in 1956 – a year of joy for our new home but sadness since we lost Pop-Pop. However, the tides were changing. Big changes in the building business – prefab homes, huge building conglomerates undercut the small builder and brought hard times. In order to survive, Mom went out and found more jobs. She was a secretary at Franklin Simon in Towson Plaza, a secretary at Carroll Manor, and a tax preparer with Betty Harper, June Powell, and the Schwartmans who owned Stansbury Pharmacy/TV and Stereo. Along with Dad who struggled with business and real estate, we plodded on.

During these hard times, our lectures centered in themes like “Nothing is forever”, “don’t be a victim of your own actions”, “you only have one father - one mother and each other- respect that fact”. We also learned that everyone – small or large/ rich or poor / famous or not / has a barrel. And everyone has a time in the barrel…your job is to find your way out of the barrel –and blaming others is not a way out of the barrel. Oh and just in case you didn’t get the message earlier – get your education, gather as many certifications as possible – do not put all your eggs in one basket. Life is a funny business – you never know what it will bring.

Ah – time went on and Mom had the perseverance to continue with everything –working multiple jobs and raising her children. Marriages, graduations, more birthdays, the birth of grandchildren were all celebrated and cherished. When Cathy and I lost our husbands Dave and John, Mom’s gentle ways, her rallying the troops, taking us under her wing again gave us the strength to carry on.
Mom retired from the Board of Education in 1995 after 20 years. Mom just loved the children and rhythm of school. Retiring was hard.
And the tax business:
Mom had started doing taxes in 1956 with the building businesses, with Stansbury in 1960 and she finally decided to stop around the age of 90 in 2015. By this time, the business was a partnership in our family with Mom, Cathy, Cindy, Annie and me as partners. Mom had accumulated over 60 years of experience in the field and built a repeat and growing clientele of over 2000. They were her other family. Mom loved her tax business. She cared about her clients and listened to the twists and turns of their lives. After every tax season, she would say there are always those who have it worse than you.
Mom walked the talk about education - In fact at age 92 in 2017, Mom attended the NATP conference in Washington, D.C. We actually got a suite thinking she might watch the soaps but no – she wanted to just hear what they had to say. She rode her scooter to every seminar for two days from 8:-00- 5:00. In fact, the speaker at the Depreciation seminar could have used some of Mom’s background knowledge.
Mom often said throughout this time for us to be aware that every ten years there is a change in everything. Absolutely, Nothing is forever. When you do the job, do it right otherwise you will be redoing it tomorrow. Work hard - nothing bad ever comes from that.

Mom loved to travel and travel we did – Every year Mom, my sisters and I would go on a big adventure. Everywhere we went the islands, Florida, Ocean City, Hawaii her favorite place in the world, someone knew Mom. Their love for her was immense as was her love for them.
Suddenly before we knew it – Mom was 94. Towards the end of her life, the road was painful and long. I often thought of all the love mom had given and was now receiving. The 24/7 care was equally divided between her children. Kathleen helped Mom during the day and became her companion and friend. Often, neighbors like Ms. Bowen and tax friends called and sent cards. No matter the need – it was met.
Finally, on January 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm on the date of the full moon - Mom passed. She died peacefully at home with all four of her children. Across the road a tree’s branches shaped like a heart framed the view from her room.
As we try to say goodbye, I remember a poem, My Dad wrote Mom before he passed in 2005 – It said
“If I should die before you do
I will wait on Heaven’s path just for you”
So as we bid you farewell, we hope that you are now happily with Dad.
Oh Mom,
We love you with all our hearts- kisses