March 12, 1928 ~ December 12, 2020

Born in: Altus, Oklahoma
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

Tuva Anne (Vaughn) Francis was born March 12, 1928 in Altus, Oklahoma to A.G.T. and Marie Vaughn. One of four children, Tuva loved reading and spending time with her father. She was fascinated by math and science. Graduating from Altus High School at 17, she enrolled in the Oklahoma Womens College in Chickasha, Oklahoma, ultimately graduateing from Oklahoma University, with a physics major and mathematics minor. Her proudest accomplishments were her children. She died December 12, 2020, in Bryan, Tx
Tuva was proud to come from a “long line of rugged individualists!” In her early years, she owned and operated Tuvanne Kennels, and ultimately spent her career as a computer programmer, devoted wife and mother.
Tuva is preceded in death by her parents, A.G.T. and Marie Vaughn, her husband of 50 years, Dan Francis, brothers, Allen and John Vaughn, sister Mary Jo Alexander, son, Craig Francis, daughter, Teresa Mae (Resa) Francis, and granddaughter, Dani Francis.
She is survived by her son Jay Van Zandt (Ilka), son Ted Francis (Marcy), daughter Danna Lovelace (Jerry), daughter Tami Neal (Byron), and son Stan Francis (Linda); five grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many family members.
A family graveside service is planned for Saturday, December 19 at 12 Noon, at Bickham Cemetery in Tabor, Tx with refreshments to follow at Cottonwood Baptist Church, Tabor, Tx. A Celebration of Life service is planned for March 13, 2021; details will be updated here. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley or your charity of choice. Express condolences online at CallawayJones.com.

While Waiting for Thee:
Don’t weep at my grave, for I am not there, I’ve a date with a butterfly to dance in the air. I’ll be singing in the sunshine, wild and free, Playing tag with the wind, while I’m waiting for thee.

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  1. Lovely! I was hard pressed to pick a favorite picture but I think the ones with the babies and dogs stole my heart
    Great are the people who show us how to live with integrity but greater still are the ones who show us how to die with dignity.

  2. Aunt Tuva is missed by everyone who knew her. She lived a great life and contributed so much to the people around her. I will always remember her laughter and smiles.
    My thoughts and love are with the family. May peace be with you.

  3. What a beautiful tribute! Love the pictures I remember of her, as well as those of her much younger years. Thoughts and prayers for all her family, immediate and extended

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