Edna Alexander Francis
Mrs. Edna Alexander Francis, a longtime resident of Port Arthur, Texas, departed this life peacefully on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. She was a native of Charenton, Louisiana, born September 9, 1927 and recently celebrated her 91st birthday with cherished nieces, nephews and her surviving younger sister, Anna Pearl Tyler of Jeanerette, Louisiana. Her parents, Charles and Pearl Freeman Alexander, preceded her in death. She began her education in St. Mary’s Parish and graduated from night school in Port Arthur. Her employment career began early and included gaining experience in various fields of industry such as agriculture (harvesting, fisheries) and the service sector: health care (Mid-Jefferson County Hospital, Nederland, Texas – Housekeeping) and government facilities (Port Arthur City Hall – Janitorial) as well as private homes (Nannying). She retired from Mid – Jefferson Hospital as the Housekeeping Supervisor after over 25 years of service.
She accepted Christ at an early age at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Charenton LA. At the time of her death, she was a long-standing member of the Rock Island Missionary Baptist Church, where she had been active in Sunday School, the Mass Choir and the Mission. Additionally, during the 106th Church Anniversary, November 2017, she received a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of valuable contributions. Edna was a Cancer (colon) Survivor of more than 13 years. Anyone who knew her, knew that she loved and trusted in God’s care and she now rests in His arms.
Her loving husband of 34 years, Caffery Francis, met her at the Pearly Gates with anticipation and joy. He brought with him a host of relatives and friends but heading the group was her baby sister, Katie Lewis, her older sisters, Evelyn Cormier, Flavia LaFleur and Hazel Phillips; three brothers, Wilson (Buster) Alexander, Joseph and Moses Alexander and her God-daughter Emma Loyce Reynolds. She is survived by her daughter, Nedra H. Francis, College Station, TX and son Caffery D. Francis, Sr., Port Arthur, TX; three grandchildren: Raven Denise, Opelousas, LA; Caffery D. Jr, New Boston, TX and Taylor Denea, Atlanta, GA. She also leaves to mourn three brothers – in – law: Emeal Francis, Sr., Benjamin Francis, Sr. and Sanders Francis, Sr. (Emmatine), all of Houston, TX. Countless and unforgettable memories shall be cherished by a host of relatives, church members and close friends.
Visitation is scheduled from 9 am until 11am and funeral services begin at 11 am at Rock Island Baptist Church with Elder Kevin T. Domingo officiating. Burial will follow at Live Oak Memorial Park under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home, Inc.