Bobbie L. Francis (Roberta)

May 11, 1947 - January 12, 2020
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Bobbie L. Francis (Roberta) of Venice FL, passed away on January 12, 2020.  Bobbie was born to Donald and Mildred Cleaver on May 11, 1947 in Moberly, Missouri.  Bobbie obtained her Bachelors and Masters degrees in elementary education in Missouri and she and her family moved to Venice, FL in 1983.

Bobbie taught elementary school for 41 years.  She was a teacher at Garden Elementary School for 30 of those years.

She is survived by her loving husband of 27 years, Fred Francis; sisters JoAnne Nash and Sue Ellen Cleaver of Missouri; children Erica McLaurin, Sydney Young and her husband Trent Young, Pam Schlosser, Fred H Francis II and his wife Dianna Francis of Indiana; and nine grandchildren:  Liz Mogford, Ruby Mogford, Martin Mogford, Clara Mogford, Trent Young Jr, Lauren MacIntosh, Maggie Schlosser, Robert Francis and Estella Francis.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Venice Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238 or Venice Presbyterian Church, 825 The Rialto, Venice, FL 34285.


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Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020

Time: 1:00 pm

Venice Presbyterian Church


111 Firenze Avenue E., , Venice, FL, 34285

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Born: May 11, 1947
Died: January 12, 2020

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Sandy McGowan posted on 1/18/20

Bobbie was beautiful both inside and out. My condolences to her family.


Debra and Bill Sell posted on 1/18/20

Our deepest condolences to Fred and Family. We are praying for you all and trusting that God’s Grace will surround you as you mourn the loss of Bobbie. She was a treasured friend of our family, and we will miss her gentle and loving spirit.


Martin Sebastian posted on 1/16/20

A beautiful person, neighbor and friend. We will miss her lovely smile. Martin and Tina Sebastian


Sharon Plummer posted on 1/16/20

Fred - I am sad to read about Bobbie. She taught our son many years ago and had such a positive influence on his life. Every time I saw her after being Lee's teacher, she always remembered him by name and asked about him. She had such a huge smile and such kind eyes. She impacted many, many lives.


Debbie Staudt posted on 1/15/20

I have never met a sweeter, kinder lady. She has been a wonderful neighbor over many years and I will miss her dearly. Rest in Peace, Bobbie.


Pat Walter posted on 1/15/20

Dear Fred and family, We send our sincere condolences to you. Life will be so difficult without Bobbi....that smile, that positive attitude...she was a joy to be around! We will all miss her. Pat & George Walter


Elizabeth Heston posted on 1/15/20

A friendly, warm beacon has dimmed. Bobbie will never be forgotten for the joy she has brought to the world.


Mary Apostolu posted on 1/15/20

We will never forget the lilt in her voice- the one that told you something exciting was afoot. Both of my sons started their academic lives with Mrs. Francis in kindergarten, where she instilled a Lobe of learning. She was a kind word and a hug during turbulent times and a warm friend. We are so appreciative of having had the opportunity to know her and learn from her. Our condolences to her family and the many, many friends she leaves behind. The Apostolu Family - Mary, Jake & Luke


Pam Smith posted on 1/14/20

Dear Fred and Family, It was such a pleasure to get to know Bobbie. She was one of the sweetest people we have ever met and we will never forget her beautiful smile. Bobbie had a way of making everyone feel special and she will be dearly missed. May she Rest In Peace. Love, Pam and Skip Smith


Nancy Bowman posted on 1/14/20

Fred and Family, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Bobbie’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Bobbie was a wonderful woman, wife, mother, and teacher. Fred, my heart goes out to you in this time of grief. May God bless you and give you strength.


Roberta and Al Frost posted on 1/14/20

My deepest sympathies to the family of Bobbie Francis. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known, she will truly be missed.


Stephen Carroll and Jeanne Batalia posted on 1/14/20

Our sincerest condolences to the entire family. Bobbi was a wonderful teacher and a dear friend. She will always be remembered for the many ways she brightened our lives.


Ash & Casey White posted on 1/14/20

Bobbie spent a wonderful life with Fred. She will be missed as a friend, neighbor and beautiful woman.


Ann & Bill Sim posted on 1/14/20

We are heartsick with the loss of Bobbie - she added so much to our lives with her grace and joy.


Arlene Duff posted on 1/14/20

Our deepest sympathy to Fred and all family members.Such a happy bubbly and positive friend.I will miss your phone calls and visits at your home.Praying for you all.


Janet Provino posted on 1/14/20

In memory of Bobbie L. Francis (Roberta), Janet Provino lit a candle


Janet & Fran Provino posted on 1/14/20

Dear Fred and Family, Our sincere condolences on the passing of dear, Bobbi. She was always a light when she entered the room and so joyful to see you. We are blessed that God had Bobbi enter our life. She was a very sincere, special and a beautiful soul. Bobbi will be missed greatly and we will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. God bless, Janet & Fran Provino


Pat and Patti Picone posted on 1/14/20

Our condolences to Fred and all of Bobbie's family. She will be missed and thought of often by all the members of the Gulf Manor neighborhood.


Maureen and Ed Graybill posted on 1/14/20

Bobby Francis was a lovely person, a gentle soul, cherished by everyone who knew her. We will miss her warmth, humor, intelligence, and generous heart. We say goodbye to her with deep sadness.


Diane Kern posted on 1/14/20

So sorry to hear of Bobbie's passing...such a kind and classy lady. She made the world a better place! She will be deeply missed. Our thoughts are with you. Bob, Diane, Courtney and Maddie Kern


Jackie Speelman posted on 1/14/20

Fred and family, Sorry for your loss, Bobbie was an amazing person and a wonderful, wonderful teacher. God puts special people in our lives and she was one of them!


The Heath Family posted on 1/13/20

So saddened to hear of her passing. She was a very gifted teacher and we were fortunate enough to have her as our son's kindergarten teacher at Garden Elementary. The first time we met, she said she would teach him to read and she did. She had a very special talent for teaching children. Our thoughts and prayers to her family.


Arlene Radomski posted on 1/13/20

Loving thoughts and prayers at this time for Fred and Bobbie's family. Bobbie was a dear friend, a talented and beloved teacher, and an important member of the Garden Elementary School Family. She will be dearly missed and always remembered for her smiles, cheerful conversations, caring nature and sincerity- such a lovely woman!


Mr. and Mrs. O’Berry posted on 1/13/20

The heavens have been blessed with the addition of a lovely lady but so many generations of children, their families, and her colleagues will dearly miss Bobbie. Sending our deepest condolences and prayers to her family. Sincerely, Gabrielle and Mark O’Berry


Snowden Mowry posted on 1/13/20

So, so saddened by the news of Bobbie's passing. She was a generous neighbor, a good friend and a loyal sister. My prayers are with you, Fred, and all the family. Love, Snow


Julie (Major), John, and Vivian Reardon posted on 1/13/20

We were very saddened to hear that Bobbie passed. I know that she was a cherished best friend to my Mom and will leave a huge hole in all of the hearts that she touched. Many hugs, loves, and lots of prayer to all of you.


Joanna Davis posted on 1/13/20

Loving thoughts and prayers from her Garden Elementary Family! Mrs. Francis was a one-of-a-kind teacher and will be missed!


Teresa Porter posted on 1/12/20

We are so sorry to hear of Mrs. Francis’s passing. She was an amazing teacher & special person. Very few people are so genuine. Thinking of all of her family. -Porter Family