LAKE PLACID — Phyllis Francis, 88, died peacefully on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at her home in Lake Placid.
She was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Feb. 24, 1921.
She graduated from Carroll College in 1943 with a degree in English. Throughout her life, Phyllis enjoyed teaching English and journalism to high school students. She also continued her education, doing postgraduate work and earning her master’s degree.
On Nov. 6, 1944, Phyllis married the Rev. Peter Francis in Kansas. There she reared her family of two sons, Peter and Christopher, as well as being involved with the St. Francis Boys Homes that Fr. Pete was establishing.
Phyllis and Fr. Pete moved to Lake Placid in 1965 to open a new boys home named Camelot for St. Francis. Phyllis continued her dedication to teaching at Lake Placid High School until her retirement in 1972. She took part in numerous community organizations, including St. Eustace Church and its altar guild, AAUW, Lake Placid Hospital and the North Elba Historical Society.
Over the years, she and Fr. Pete did extensive traveling, often visiting their sons who were living overseas.
Phyllis is survived by her son Christopher; daughter-in-law Stephanie; grandchildren Henry and Emily; her brother Ed and sister-in-law Lois; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Pete; and son Peter.
Her funeral will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at St. Eustace Episcopal Church. Bishop William Love will be officiating. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Adirondack Experience, High Peaks Hospice or St. Eustace Episcopal Church. The Clark Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.