Karen Ann Francis
Karen Ann Francis
  • March 14, 1950 - January 11, 2017
  • Costa Mesa, California

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Karen was born in Columbus, Ohio on March 14, 1950 to parents, Robert and Patricia Ewing. She was raised in Huntington Park, California, the oldest of five children. She attended St. Matthias Catholic School down the street, graduating in 1967.

Karen met the love of her life and eternal life, Dan Francis on January 31, 1966 in Long Beach, California and they were married on November 25, 1967. They made their home in San Diego, where their daughter Shana and son Paul were born. Later they lived in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where their son Jon was born. In March of 1972, they found their home in Costa Mesa, where they would raise their three children and welcome their twelve grandchildren.

Karen's first job was at St. George's Smorgasbord Restaurant and later at Ganahl Lumber before being called to the position of bookkeeper and office manager of the family Shaklee business. She enjoyed and committed herself to this job for 30 years until retirement in 2009.
She loved her family and her children, and supported all three kids activities, whether that be soccer, baseball or cheerleading and was usually the team mom of all three simultaneously! She worked hard so that she could enjoy her cherished Friday night dinners with family - to talk and celebrate our achievements.

As her youngest son Jon was finishing High School, Karen decided to fulfill her dream of a college education. Her family can proudly say, she attended Orange Coast College and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in Business in 1993 - all the while maintaining the commitment to her family and her parent's family business.

Karen was a passionate thinker and kind to everyone that she met. She really did have a loving and genuine heart. She loved learning whether that be staying up on current events, to watching Jeopardy every night with Dan. Music gave her joy. And she could always be found humming a tune. Karen enjoyed singing in her church choir at St. Joachim's for many years.

Later on in life what Karen enjoyed the most was her time with her grandchildren. All twelve of them were truly a highlight in her life. She made sure she was present at each of their births and embraced the "Spoil Them Rotten" mantra. She intended to get the gold-medal in that category and in our hearts, she did. Besides family, Karen loved to travel. She visited different countries around the world - France, Germany, Italy and Ireland just to name a few. Her favorite and the place that she had her fondest memories was returning to San Diego whenever she could with her husband Dan.

Spiritually, her journey encompassed more than herself and in only a way a mother's love could shine. She often told her children that she prayed that they and her grandchildren would know the Lord. She prayed every day. Many times a day. Any adversity she faced she would say that she found her strength from the Lord to come through it. Which leads to her favorite holiday - Christmas. She loved EVERYTHING about it; the excitement of leading up to it, the decorating, making her famous banana bread, the time that would be spent with family and the reason for the season, celebrating the birth of Christ.

On the afternoon of January 11th, she was suddenly called home and as she chose to describe it - "Welcomed into the arms of Jesus". Right behind the Lord must have been Dan and her Mom as well as many others to greet her and welcome her home!

This year our Mom and Dad will celebrate their 50th anniversary in heaven - cheers to that! Rest assured Mom, all your children and grandchildren do know and cherish their relationships with the Lord! Your prayers were answered! Rest In Peace and Happiness!