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Funeral services for Betty Francis, 88-year old Buffalo woman who passed away quietly at her home on Friday evening, July 6, 2012, will be held Wednesday, July 11, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Buffalo with Reverend KyeonaSu Jung officiating. Visitation will be held at the Adams Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services following the funeral. A reception will follow at the Methodist Social Center. Donations in Betty’s memory may be made to the VFW Auxiliary #2469 or the First United Methodist Church in care of the Adams Funeral Home, 351 N. Adams, Buffalo.
Betty Jo Francis was born on October 14, 1923, to Frank and Jessie Metheny Jarland in New Raymer, Colorado where she attended school through eighth grade. After her mother passed away when Betty was 12, she and her father moved to Sunrise, Wyoming where they lived for a short time before moving to Sundance, Wyoming where she graduated from high school in 1941. After high school she borrowed some money and moved to California where she worked in the war effort building aircraft. Betty Jo was married on September 7, 1943, in Norfolk, Virginia to James M. Francis who was in the Navy. After WWII Jim and Betty met in Buffalo intending to visit her in-laws for two weeks. After Jim found a job and Betty bought their home, they made it their home. Jim worked for over 30 years for Pacific Power & Light while Betty made a home for him and their four children.
Betty was active the Buffalo Garden Club, was a Cub Scout Leader, a 4-H leader, and very actively involved in the VFW Auxiliary where she held local, district, and state offices. She was in the Homemakers Club which honored her with the Quealy Award. She was also very active in the First United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Woman, and the Gray Ladies. Betty would annually enter the Johnson County Fair with her gardening and baking where she repeatedly won Grand Champion Awards. She enjoyed the mountains and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Betty Jo is survived by one son James L. Francis and his wife Michele of Newport News, Virginia; three daughters, Arlene Osborn (James) of Glenrock, Wyoming, Roberta Abbott (Bill) of Lakewood, Colorado, and Joyce Jones (Ray) of Denver, Colorado; eleven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and four sisters.