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Survivor Stories / Tributes

Franchesca Youngblood-Gilmore

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This tribute is dedicated to our beautiful daughter, sister, wife and auntie who was graciously called home to be with our Lord and Savior on May 22, 2011. She will be always in our hearts and prayers.

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From Your Husband Keith…Fran was an incredibly beautiful woman, but her physical beauty was no match for the beauty that radiated from her soul. She taught me to be a better man, a better husband and a better friend. She lived and loved with all her heart. It is clear that Fran was an angel on loan from our Lord and Savior, Before He called her home she touched the lives of many young and old, poor and rich, saved and searching.

From your Mom and Dad…There are ten blossoms for God’s kingdom that bloomed into fullness. Now, one blossom blooms in the presence of God…our Franchesca.

God’s gift of time came fifty years ago. He gave us this precious gift, a beautiful baby girl we named Franchesca Beatrice Maria Youngblood. This gift was meant to be treasured, yet polished to do the work for God’s kingdom. Fran did just that in her own way. She left her touch of kindness, gentleness, thoughtfulness and understanding during her short life here on earth, as expressed in the song, “If I Can Help Somebody.”

Fran was sent to accomplish a mission. She was a trooper in countless ways, even through her illness. Throughout her life of love, struggles, and a desire to help others, she persevered with strength and conviction of purpose to fulfill a journey only she could embrace.

We treasured her lifelong love of people, and the warmth she brought to those surrounding her. Her love of family, laughter, the jokes, her concern for health, shopping trips with us, her creative mind, visiting Biblical places, the annual Christmas villages she methodically designed for all to explore, and a myriad of things were gifts she shared so willingly with others. This beautiful daughter leaves a trail of longstanding joy and peace as she is undoubtedly singing, “It is Well With My Soul.”

What a blessing this baby, this woman, Fran, has been to us.

I can only imagine what Heaven is like; but now it is time to return to God’s gift to Him. Franchesca exhaled her last earthly breath only to follow it with her first breath of celestial air. So until we meet again, Dearest Franny, as you prepare the Table for us, you will always be in our hearts until the end of time.

Love, Mom and Dad
To our family and friends, know that “Jesus is with us until the end of time.” Matthew 28:20

Last updated on: 05/30/2011


To be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. Fran is in His presence now… we will meet her on the other side.

Corliss Furbert – 05/29/2011

To Bea, Robert and Family,
God’s Grace is sufficient and His Mercy endure’th forever. My deepest sympathy to all of you during this time sorrow.

Brenda Worthy – 05/31/2011

You all know that you have my prayers and my sympathy. If love can cure all,Bea and Bob, you both have enough for us all. Love to you both. Hey Bob did you notice I put Bea’s name first. God’s mercy endureth forever!!

Ron Simpson – 05/31/2011

To the Youngblood & Gilmore Families,

The Rose Beyond The Wall

A rose grew where all could see
sheltered beside a garden wall.
And, as the days passed swiftly by,
it spread its branches, straight and tall…

One day, a beam of light shone through
a crevice that had opened wide ~
The rose bent gently toward its warmth
then passed beyond to the other side…

Now, you who deeply feel its loss,
be comforted ~ the rose blooms there ~
Its beauty even greater now,
nurtured by God’s own loving care.
~Author Unknown~
To God be the glory!

Cyprian & Susan Jenifer – 05/31/2011

I never had the privilege of meeting Fran, but that didn’t stop me from praying for her when I heard of her battle with Cancer. Even though, I didnt know Fran, I have had to privilege of meeting her sister Dr. Gwendolyn Youngblood along with their Mom and Dad who were simply beautiful people inside and out. I feel blessed to have met them. They seemed like a very close and blessed family.
I will continue to pray for the family in dealing with the departure of thier loved one.

Peace and Blessing to the Youngblood and the Gilmore Families

Carleen Akeem – 05/31/2011

I know it must be very sad to loose one of your children, but the dignity and strength I saw in your family through this
hurdle in life is inspiring. The crowd at Frans’ memorial is a testament to how she lived her life and how she was raised. I hope we can always remember the joy that Fran brought to all those she helped on her short journey of life, and it seemed to be quite a few. My thoughts and condolences at this time go out to Keith, and to you Robert and Bea and your family at this time.

Paul Youngblood – 06/01/2011

Words can’t express how much we miss Frannie. Although we knew it was always a possibility, her passing still came as an unwelcome reality. Fortunately, her smile, infectious spirit, and style will live on. I pray we can do her proud and find a cure to this disease so that other families will not have to experience such pain. Many thanks to all family and friends for your support.

Kristen Youngblood – 06/02/2011

It is still surreal to me, the passing of my beloved sister-in-law, Franchesca. My daughter and I have spoke of her almost everyday since her passing, we will always cherish her memory and we miss her so much. Indeed, she was a very vibrant and special lady and it was a priviledge to have known her. I will always remember the way she opened her home to friends and family and her gifts of hospitality and creativeness. I will never forget her sense of humor. My prayer and hope is that God will give the cure for this dreaded disease that has taken so many lives. We will continue to lift up my dear brother Keith and the Youngblood Family.

Allison Gilmore-Rogers – 06/02/2011

When I will say to Fran “I love you”, she will say “I love you more”. She was not just another patient but my friend. My only regret is that I could not hold her hands to lead her into God’s loving arms. She lived and loved and was loved in return. My that legacy live on in the lives and hearts of all those she had the privilage to meet and impact in this life. We will all meet again around God’s banquet table. May she rest in peace.

Susan Bowen – 06/13/2011

What a joy to know such a beautiful spirit. What a treasure to have a friend like Fran. What a blessing it will be to see her again in glory. Fran epitomized living that was not in vain. Rest now my dear friend…but knowing you, you are somehow creatively helping the angels. What a champion!

Kim Trawick-Ermeus – 06/17/2011

Fran, my dear “sisterly” friend, godmother to my children, buddy to my husband, confidant to my family…the list goes on and on. Your physical presence is missed immensely but your spirit lives on. God has his hands all over this thing called life and death. I thank God for the special blessing called Fran. I will Always remember you and you will always have a special place in my heart. Til’ we meet again.

Pat Fowler – 06/27/2011

You?re the one with the brnais here. I?m watching for your posts.

Artie Artie – 07/14/2011

I miss you and love you always, big sister, mother, friend.

Nicole Abney – 07/15/2011


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