Hattie Francis

Harriet “Hattie” Francis, 67 of Columbia, Missouri passed away in the early hours of August 20, 2022 after a courageous battle with  cancer. She was born on January 11, 1955 in Corpus Christi, Texas and was the only child of Nettigene Francis and Hopkins T. Francis. She married Jeff Francis on April 29, 1989 in Columbia, Missouri. She received her bachelors, masters and juris doctorate from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She was a passionate equestrian and never shied away from volunteering for organizations she believed in. She enjoyed shooting sports and showing her classic car. She was an avid Royals and Chiefs supporter and enjoyed hosting gatherings at their home. Hattie had the voice of an angel and was a member of several vocal groups and choirs in the area. She was firm in her faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and is now singing His praises with the heavenly hosts. Hattie was tenacious and never once gave up in her fight. She stayed optimistic throughout her battle, never backing down from the challenge. `

Hattie is survived by her husband of 33 years Jeff Francis, her cousin Linda Coleman of Birmingham, Alabama, Brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Cathy Francis of Norborne, MO, John and Debbie Harper of Carrollton, MO, as well as 8 nieces and nephews and 7 great nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents Nettigene and Hopkins Francis.

A memorial service for Hattie will be held on Friday August 26, 2022 at 4:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St.,  Columbia, MO 65201. A private internment of her ashes will take place at a later date in Norborne, Missouri. There will be no visitation. Memorials in Hattie’s name may be made out to VERSA (American Saddlebred Versatility Association) in the care of Janet Thompson, 8300 N Wagon Trail Rd., Columbia, MO 65202

Ride on Hattie, ride on!

Visits: 8


  1. Linda Coleman on August 24, 2022 at 10:10 am

    Harriet, you were the best “baby sister” I could have asked for; you never felt like a cousin. I remember when you were born and the first time I saw you; you were fun from the time you were a baby. Sing your heart out in the heavenly choir, ride the wind with Colonel, and I hope you made a stop in Las Vegas as we planned to do later this year when it was cooler. I love you now and forever.

    May her memory be eternal.

  2. Karla Deaver on August 24, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    Jeff, I am so very truly sorry for your loss, but I know Hatti is rejoicing in heaven, free of pain and suffering. Praying for you all during this difficult time.

  3. Marcie Endicott on August 24, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    Jeff, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Dave and Liz King on August 24, 2022 at 3:59 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. We have been praying for her and you.
    God bless and comfort you.
    Dave and Liz King

  5. Leslie Shevlin on August 24, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Jeff, I am so sorry to hear this. You will be in my prayers. Take care.

  6. Janice Spears on August 24, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Sympathies for the family. Hattie will be truly missed! Ride on, girlfriend. Until our trails cross again!

  7. Carolyn Dawson on August 24, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    Jeff, Hattie will be truly missed by so many for giving her all to whatever she was doing. Loved her sense of humor and fun-loving attitude. Thinking of you and sharing your loss.

  8. Martha Bowles on August 25, 2022 at 9:17 am

    Jeff, so very sorry for your loss. God be with you.

  9. Frazee Lynn on August 25, 2022 at 11:08 am

    Hattie, you were and are everything that is good in this amazing world. God bless your strong , amazing soul. See you on the other side someday??

  10. Larry Atterberry, Jr on August 25, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Hattie. Jeff, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Paul & Sandy Moentmann on September 10, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    Dear Jeff, We are so sorry for your loss. Hattie was a remarkable person & we know she was the world to you. Being “old fashioned”, I have been looking for your address, to send a real card but guess this must do. We only learned of Hattie’s passing through the Norborne paper which is a week behind by the time it reaches Ohio. Again you have our sincere condolences. Perhaps we will see you in Norborne sometime.

  12. Kevin M. Kercher on October 13, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    Hattie was truly a wonderful person who was extremely intelligent and a great personality! I got to know her when she worked for the University of MIssouri! My thoughts and prayers along with my deepest sympathy!

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