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Twana Yvonne Francis


Twana Yvonne Francis passed away November 18, 2022, in Lexington, surrounded by her family at the age of 83 years 7 months 16 days. Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at the Landmark Church in Purcell. Interment followed at Rosedale Cemetery in Rosedale, Oklahoma, entrusted to the care of Wadley’s Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made, and service livestreamed at www.wadleysfuneralservice.com.

Twana was born April 2, 1939, in Byars, Oklahoma, to Orval and Flossie Pierce Richardson. She spent most of her youth with her family, in Oklahoma, but in was in Memphis, Texas, where she met the love of her life, Jessie Franklin Francis, and they were wed on July 22, 1955. They were together 67 years until Jessie’s passing earlier this year.

Twana spent her life as a caregiver to her family, along with working in the fields, peach orchards, seamstress, and helping Jessie in the firewood business. Her passions were a good crossword puzzle, which she was phenomenal at, listening to music, and loving her children and grandchildren. Twana was very strong in her faith as a Pastor’s wife, and she was a preacher as well.

Twana was preceded in death by her parents, Flossie and Orval Richardson; her husband, Jessie Francis; her daughter, Patricia; her grandsons, Nicholas and Dean; and her siblings, Charles, Alvin and Kenneth.

Survivors include her son, Butch Francis and wife, Katie; her daughter, Sharon Wilson and husband, Jack; her daughter, Vickie Simpson; her daughter, Melissa Davis and husband, Paul; her sisters, Sue and Brenda; her brother, Dale; her  grandchildren, Tabitha and James Ayers, Denise Williamson, James and Mandy Williams, Edward and Tara Williamson, Chris and Amanda Francis, Justin and Bobbie Sue Francis, Stephen Francis, Cody and Sommer Looper, Colt Looper, Courtney and Michael Ellis, Caleb and Candice Looper, Jenny McCarty and Merkel Joseph, Julie and Chris Campbell, Jack Wilson, Natalie Wilson, Amanda Wilson, Jimmy and Janet Simpson, Butch and Emily Simpson, Daniel Harvey and Joshua Harvey; over 55 great- and great-great grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends.