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Obituary of Naomi Frances Francis
Naomi Frances Upshur Francis was born in Hare Valley, Virginia on November 18, 1929. She departed this life peacefully on Aug 21, 2019. She was the first of five children born to Jesse and Nellie Upshur. She was educated in the Northampton County school system where she met her future husband, Curtis Hoover Francis of Nassawadox, Virginia. She and Curtis were married on February 28, 1948 at their home church, New Allen A.M.E. Church in Franktown, Virginia. To this union they produced three children.
Naomi accepted Christ early in her life and participated as a Sunday School teacher, choir member and member of the usher board at New Allen. In 1952, Curtis and Naomi relocated from the eastern shore of Virginia to Trenton, New Jersey and joined Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church. It was during this transition that Curtis accepted his calling to preach the gospel and was licensed to preach in 1957. Naomi took to her role as a minister's spouse and thus began a lifetime of service.
As a pastor, Rev. Francis served in Kresson, Cinnaminson, Asbury Park, Long Branch and Pleasantville, New Jersey. As an AME Presiding Elder, Rev. Francis served the Camden/Trenton district of New Jersey. Mrs. Francis served right alongside as the advisor of the missionary society at each charge while continuing her service in the choir and Sunday school. Along with her love for the church, Mrs. Francis committed her life to the raising her three children and could always been seen lending a helping hand to young mothers of the church.
Mrs. Francis was a Sunday School teacher, a Lifetime Member of the Missionary Society, a member of the Stewardess Board, an active member of the District, Conference and Interdenominational Minister's Spouses and founder and leader of the Sister to Sister fellowship, a mentoring group for young girls in the church. But these were only the beginning of Mrs. Francis' ministries. Naomi had a desire to help the homeless and those in need in the county.
She volunteered at the local Hospice care providing comfort to those in their final hours. She was a helping hand to those in need financially and would loan or give to those as she could. She worked tirelessly to help the homeless by finding them housing and support as needed. She even convinced her husband to add a trailer to their yard to provide a house for a local homeless women. Many more stories can be told by the many young women she mentored and prayed with at her home.
Mrs. Francis enjoyed a long career at Sears, making it very clear to them from the start, that she could not and would not work on Sunday. She retired from Sears after many years of service.
She is survived by her children, G. Diane Brown (Michael) of Irvington, New Jersey, Curtis H. Francis, Jr. (Sheila) of Willingboro, New Jersey and Donald L. Francis (Cheryl) of Manassas, Virginia; two sisters, Dorothy Rogers of Painter, Virginia, Shirley Banister of New York and one brother Dr. Bernard Upshur of Palm Coast, Florida; eight grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many family members and friends.
Funeral services will be Noon, Saturday, August 31, 2019, St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 1203 Harrison Avenue, Pleasantville, NJ, where friends may call from 10AM. Interment will be 3PM, Sunday, September 1, 2019, New Allen Memorial A.M.E. Church Cemetery in Franktown, VA.
Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.