Connie Francis, 75

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Constance "Connie" Francis, 75, formerly of Mountain Home, died peacefully on July 27, 2007, after a lengthy illness with Parkinson's Disease in Medford, Ore.

A graveside service will be held at noon on Friday, Aug. 3, at Mountain View Cemetery in Mountain Home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.

Connie was born on July 31, 1931, in Mountain Home to Alma and Harold Bartlett. She was active in all manner of sports and outdoor activities. She attended Brigham Young University, and later became a stewardess for United Airlines, working out of Chicago. While there, she met and married William A. Francis. They lived in Chicago for 22 years and reared four daughters.

In 1976, the family moved to Medford, Ore. Connie was actively involved in church activities, including teaching, coaching girls basketball, and many charitable activities. "She was regularly in service to those who needed help," her family said. "Her compassion, kindness and sweet smile were a comfort and inspiration to many.

Connie was a vivacious woman who loved life. Her passions included dancing, writing poetry, gardening, hiking, fishing, camping in 'the hills' and family activities."

She is survived by: four daughters, Susan Felt of Roosevelt, Calif., Linda Whitaker, Wendy Francis-Irwin, and Sally Montgomery, all of Medford, Ore.; a brother, Lee Bartlett of Provo, Utah; a sister, Catherine Rice of Boise, five grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband and both of her parents.