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Obituary: Joyce Downs Francom

4/09/1930 ~ 3/24/2003

Joyce Downs Francom passed away March 24, 2003 after a valiant battle with cancer.

She was born April 9, 1930, to Edward V. and Gwendolyn Ockey Downs in Nephi, Utah.

She married her high school sweetheart, Lynn D. Francom, in the Manti LDS Temple on September 7, 1948.

Her diverse talents afforded her many opportunities to serve both church and community. She taught dance and piano and played keyboards for a dance band for many years. She served in many capacities in her church including callings in the Young Women, Primary and Sunday School. She was a natural at directing road shows and ward performances and accompanied and directed many ward choirs. Her favorite calling was working with Young Adults. Her friendly persuasion and strong determination convinced many to stretch to find their own talents.

Her greatest love is her family. She supported them in all their many activities and there was nothing that could keep her away from the ballpark. She often gathered her family around the piano to sing and especially filled Christmas time with joy.

Her enthusiasm and zest for life lifted all with whom she came in contact. Her quick wit and words of advice will be remembered warmly long after she is gone.

Joyce was preceded in death by her mother and father, three brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by her husband, Lynn; a sister, Mrs, Myrl Garbett; her six children: Steven L. (Sandy) Francom; Kim E. (Debbie) Francom; Jo Lynn (Murray) Griner; Paul R. (Terry) Francom; Carol L (Todd) Thacker and Jeffrey M. (April) Francom; 25 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 27, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sunset Hills 1st Ward, 540 West 935 North, American Fork, Utah. A viewing will be held Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. in the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem, Utah and at the church on Thursday morning from 9- 10:45 a.m. prior to service. Burial will be in the Levan Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the many people who helped and cared for Joyce during her illness. They also request that blood donations be made to the Red Cross and monetary donations to the American Cancer Society.

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