Francis was born in Ely, Nevada, the fourth of Walter G., Sr. and Anna J. Hull’s five children. While growing up in Ely she benefitted from the guidance of her two older brothers and older sister. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, these older siblings joined the Navy. Francis soon became her father’s right hand assistant during the remainder of World War II, running the family theater business, which stretched from Ely to Fallon to Virginia City.
Francis graduated from St. Mary’s of the Wasatch High School in Salt Lake City. Subsequently she entered the community of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and embarked upon a career of service to others and teaching. This career took her to many places in the west including Pocatello, Idaho and Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California.
In 1970 Francis left the Religious Life and she moved to Reno to be with her mother and older sister Jeanne. For a number of years she continued to teach elementary school, first at Our Lady of Snows and later at St. Albert the Great. She then became involved with Nevada state politics, serving as staff support for several lobbyists. In her final working years, she returned to her first loves, children and parish work, volunteering at Sun Valley Elementary School and at Our Lady of Snows parish office.
Francis is remembered for many things—commitment to education and lifelong learning, understanding of and involvement in civic life, devotion to the Catholic Church, deep and abiding religious faith, a wicked sense of humor, and the confident belief in her own ability to chart a meaningful course through life.
Francis was preceded in death by her parents, aunt Kate, brothers Walter and Warren, and sister Jeanne. She is survived by her brother Laurence (Doris) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held on Thursday, March 12, at 10:30 AM at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers friends are asked to donate, in Francis’s name, to the Diocese of Reno Scholarship, 290 S. Arlington Ave., Reno, NV. 89501.
Arrangements under the direction of Walton Funeral Home in Reno.