Sarah Louise Francis  October 26 1928  July 10 2019

Sarah Louise Francis October 26 1928 July 10 2019

October 26 1928 July 10 2019
Sarah Louise Francis October 26, 1928 – July 10, 2019 Share this obituary Sign Guestbook Sarah Louise Smith was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, on October 26, 1928, to Margaret and Nathan Smith. She had a brother, Nathan Jr., and sisters Marylyn and Berniece. Sarah was no stranger to hard work, and spent much of her youth working in difficult conditions, including working on a farm and as a mother’s helper, serving people of wealthier means. However, Sarah was a strong young person who would later grow into an even stronger woman. She eventually left the South at age 16, and journeyed solo up to the North to rejoin her mother, Margaret, who had previously relocated to New York. Though unable to attend school regularly due to her work on the farm, and later on, her work in childcare, education was always important to her. Math was a favorite subject, and Sarah went to school whenever she was able to go, attending Mamaroneck High School and eventually graduating from night school with a GED at Roosevelt High School, in Bronx, NY. Sarah met Gerald Francis early in life, and married him at age 17, on March 30, 1946. They had three children – Geraldann, Linda, and Gregory. Her children would play with the children of Ms. Alma Matthews and Ms. Marion Samuels of Brook Avenue, who were good friends and mentors to Sarah. Sarah held a variety of positions in New York. Initially, Sarah worked as a laundress. Later on, she moved into clerical work at B. Altman and Company Department Store, the US Treasury Department, NYC Water Resources, and the Department of Environmental Protection Administration. During her non-work hours, she enjoyed crafts, sewing, knitting, as well as cooking traditional Southern food, for which she was known. Though self-described as “sassy,” Sarah was also generous and kind. She did not have one mean bone in her soul; she was always smiling and helping others. She was passionate, and involved in the civil rights movement. She volunteered for many years with the DC 37 union, with Mr B. McLauren’s organization of Professional Household Workers, and also with the Democratic and Liberal parties. Sarah would talk to any and everyone. It seemed that everywhere Sarah went, there was someone who knew her by name and was glad to see her. Even in her later days at Isabella Geriatric Center, she was popular and known as “Miss America.” Sarah was a religious woman who always said that the Bible only promised 3 score and 10 years, and that anything above was “grace time.” Sarah Louise believed in the power of prayer, and prayed over her children and grandchildren, Kimberly, Justin, Kwame, Stephanie, Ekua, Twaji, Tiffany, and Gregory Jr. every night. Sarah frequently marveled over the events in her own and family’s lives, saying, “Isn’t it a blessing?” and proclaiming, “God has been good to me.” She would bid adieu to all those she encountered by saying “God be with you.” Sarah Louise Francis passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 with twenty years of “grace time” to her name. She was 90 years and nine months old. Mrs. Sarah Francis was deeply loved, and her glowing spirit will forever shine in the hearts of many family and friends. Print Obituary Sign Guestbook Name: Location: Video: Image: Light A Candle Candle 1 Candle 2 Candle 3 Candle 4 Email: Please keep my message private Personal Message: Personal Message (required) Confirm: Submit Guestbook entry

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Sarah Louise Francis October 26 1928 July 10 2019.

Unity Funeral Chapel Inc

Death notice for the town of: Bronx, state: New York

death notice Sarah Louise Francis October 26 1928 July 10 2019

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