Obituary for Donna Darlene Roberts Francis (Lester)
Donna Darlene (Roberts) Francis, of Canon City, passed away March 12, 2017, following a brief illness. Donna grew up in Canon City and graduated from Canon City High School in 1947. On February 12, 1947, Donna married Bennie Roberts in Raton, New Mexico. She started her career as a cashier at the Greeley Gas Company in 1958. Later, she became the sales manager’s secretary and was director of the Blue Flame Gas Room, where she gave yearly food demonstrations. Donna retired from Greeley Gas Company as credit manager in 1994, after 36 years of service.
Donna was a member of Canon Community Baptist Church, a charter member of the Prospectors Club, FC P.E.O., and past member of Shadow Hills Country Club. She loved golf and card games, but above all, she loved her church.
Donna is survived by her daughters, Frankie (Gailen) Harrison, Kathi (Steve) Samsel, Gae (Rebel) Snider; sisters, Lu McKee, Bonnie (Bill) Holt; grandchildren, Douglas Harrison, Nikki Peppers, Troy Samsel, Wayne Snider, Rocky Snider; great-grandchildren, Cheyenne and Colton Harrison, Samantha and Chase Peppers, Kayla and Klayton Snider, Kaylene and Brandon Samsel; great-great-grandchildren, Kaden Samsel, Brantley Bower; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and many dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Golden C. and Violet Ruby (Padgett) Lester; first husband, Bennie Roberts, in 1999; second husband, Donald Francis, on January 31, 2017 and brother-in-law, Bill McKee.
A message from Donna: “To my Bridge Clubs, Hand, Knee & Foot Club, and my very special traveling friends, Barbara, Carol, Sheryl, Theda, Mona, Rita, Dovie, and Shirley – I love you.”