|Birth: ||Jul. 9, 1923|
|Death: ||Dec. 18, 2011|
Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother passed away on December 18, 2011 to return to the loving arms of her Heavenly Father and her family.
Francine was born July 9, 1923 to Silas Smith Decker and Catherine Eva Owens Decker in Snowflake, Arizona in a log cabin. She was the first and only child for many years. With her family involved with farming and ranching, she worked along with her father like a son. One of her main chores was to bring in the grazing cows daily to be milked, walking many miles.
She was musically inclined and began piano lessons at the age of nine. She loved to practice and did not have to help with cleaning the dishes if she was practicing. At the age of sixteen she was called to be the organist for the Snowflake Ward.
In 1940, she graduated from Snowflake High School and enrolled at Brigham Young University planning to be a school teacher. In her junior year she met a fellow student, Howard Lee Holt, and their perfect union was formed. They were married on January 26, 1943 in the Mesa, Arizona Temple for time and eternity.
In May of 1943, Howard joined the Air force to become a pilot in World War II. She followed him from base to base during training and became very proficient in traveling, finding a place to live, and work to help support her. The war ended in 1945, and she continued working while Howard attended medical school in Los Angeles, California.
Francine was a loving mother to seven children. James Lee Holt, Charles Edward Holt, Julie Kay Holt, Randall Craig Holt, Cheryl Dee Holt, Brandy Ann Holt, and William Lee Holt. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and a sister.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 22, 2011 in the Chase Lane Chapel, 1125 North 400 West. Friends may visit on Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Lindquist's Bountiful Mortuary, 727 North 400 East, and 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the church.
Interment: Centerville City Cemetery.
Published in the Deseret News on December 20, 2011.
Silas Smith Decker (1892 - 1976)
Catherine Eva Owens Decker (1900 - 1957)
Francine Decker Holt (1923 - 2011)
Karren Smith Decker (1928 - 1934)*
Constance Decker Pratt (1930 - 2004)*
Loral Alvin Decker (1933 - 2000)*
Clarence Owens Decker (1935 - 1938)*
Centerville City Cemetery
Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
Record added: Dec 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82182931