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Funeral services for Ruth Maxine Francis, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late Otto Felix Schneider and Maxine Ferguson, on February 21, 1926 in West Plains, Missouri and died December 14, 2012 in Springfield, Missouri.

She was united in marriage in to Floyd Otto Francis.

She is survived by four children, Patricia Ann Whiteside, husband, Dean, West Plains, Jerry Lee Francis, wife, Holly, Atlanta, Georgia, Michael Floyd Francis, West Plains, and Ricky Eugene Francis, Marshfield, Missouri; twelve grandchildren, Sandy Whiteside, Springfield, Missouri, Robert Whiteside, wife, Stacy, West Plains, Lanetta Stirewalt and husband, Sterling, West Plains, Jerry Francis, Jr. and wife, Ashley, Rockmart, Georgia, Melody Anastosio and husband, Tony, Kansas City, Kansas, Samantha Francis, Kansas City, Missouri, Alisha Gates, Waynesville, Missouri, Christopher Francis, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Belinda Francis, Kansas City, Missouri; thirteen great grandchildren; several great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Frank, Harvey, and Walter Schneider, and one sister, Helen Schneider Bandy.

She was of the Baptist faith. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother, and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and can be left at the funeral home.

Visitation will be held Monday, December 17, 2012 from 7-9 p.m.

Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, West Plains, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

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