Shirley Gay Francis

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BOSSIER CITY – Services for Shirley Gay Francis, 74, will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 10, 2014 at Rose-Neath’s Bossier Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. David Lane and Rev. Chris Young. Interment will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Coushatta, LA. The family will receive friends for visitation from 6 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Bossier City, LA.

Shirley Gay Francis went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 6, 2014. Shirley was born in Red River Parish on September 6, 1939 to Curtis and Irene Gay, the third born of seven siblings. She married the love of her life, Rudolph Raymond Francis on September 4, 1959. Shirley worked as a deaf interpreter for Huntington High School. Shirley was a member of South Bossier Baptist Church. She was a woman of great faith and strength. She taught many of us about devotion, discipline and dedication. Shirley had a love like none other. She had a way to bring a smile to one’s face. She loved her family and she loved to serve the Lord.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph Francis; parents, Curtis Key Gay and Irene “Tintcy” Gay; uncle, Orie Gay; brothers, Thurman Gay, Glen Gay, Charles “Shorty” Gay, Herman Gay; sister, Barbara Carlisle and grandson, Michael Kaleb Francis.

She is survived by her sons, Kevin Francis and wife Tawnya of Whitehouse, TX, Terry Francis and wife Tina, Tim Francis and wife Shannon and Rudy Francis and wife Janine, all of Bossier City, LA; grandchildren, Mathew, Tyler, Rylie, Kyle, Caleb, Timothy, Emily, Ryan, Christopher, Caitlin and sister, Patricia “Trisha” Giddens of Hall Summit, LA.

Honoring her as pallbearers will be Jack Berry, Charles Dingler, Stephen Giddens, Billy Price, Ron Cheatham and Danny Russell. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Giddens and grandsons, Matthew, Tyler, Kyle, Caleb, Timothy, Ryan and Christopher.

She will be forever missed, but not forgotten by her family, friends and students who knew her as “Granny”.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to South Bossier Baptist Church, 1155 Sligo Rd, Bossier City LA 71112.