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Francie Louise LeonardPassing: June 22, 2023


Mitchell First Baptist Church

Funeral Service

Wednesday, June 28th @ 11:00am


Chastain Funeral Home

Tuesday, June 27th @ 4:00pm-7:00pm


Mitchell Cemetery

Wednesday, June 28th

Francie Louise Leonard, 77, of Mitchell, gained her heavenly wings on Thursday, June 22, 2023, after a three year battle with ALS.

Born March 5, 1946, in Loogootee, she was the daughter of Stormy and Lettie (Pluris) Cissell. Francie was a beloved sister to Sarah (Jerry, deceased) Spalding, Patricia Cissell, Rebecca (Jeff) Franklin and Ronnie Cissell (deceased).

She married Larry Leonard on November 3, 1979 and was a wonderful mother to Curt (Lori) Day, Marci (Scott) Arthur, and Todd Leonard (deceased). One of her favorite things was being a Mamaw to her five grandchildren, Evan (Lindsey) Day, Riley (Zac) Voorhies, Dylan Arthur, Kinley Day, and Shealyn Arthur. Francie was blessed with three great grandchildren Harlow (deceased), Emmitt, and Hayes Day.

Francie was a 1964 graduate of St. Johns High School in Loogootee. She retired from NWSC Crane after 30 years as a program analyst.

Francie was an artistic person who had a passion for oil painting and crafting. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Francie was an avid traveler, who loved snapping pictures all around the world. She also enjoyed spending time at home with her favorite Miniature Schnauzer, Lucy.

Francie always gave selflessly and loved unconditionally. Her life will forever be viewed by all who had the blessing to know her as a true testament of how we should strive to live and love.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 28, at the Mitchell First Baptist Church with Mark Fugate officiating. Burial service will be performed by Reggie Clark at the Mitchell Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 27, at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday at the Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations can be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital at https://donate.lovetotherescue.org

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28 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Debra Russell | Orleans In
    Date: July 4, 2023
    Larry I’m so sorry for your loss I just saw it on Chastain. I didn’t know Francis that well I do known she was loved so I will be praying for you and your family she’s with Pam and God.🙏
  2. Guest: Kathy A Thralls | IN - Mitchell
    Date: July 3, 2023
    I am so, so sorry. I didn't know Francie left this world until Monday. ALS is such a horrible disease. Thinking of Francie's family and friends.
  3. Guest: Donna Cox | Washington, Indiana
    Date: June 30, 2023
    I’m so very sorry for your loss, Larry and family.
    Date: June 28, 2023
    Larry and the Leonard Family - Larry, I'm so sorry to hear of Francie's passing ... it's comforting to know she's at peace now after all she went thru... we grew up in the same neighborhood, worked together, and shared many laughs thru the years... I thought highly of her, and she won't be forgotten... all the best, my friend... EdC
  5. Guest: Steve and Vicki | Houston, TX
    Date: June 28, 2023
    We are with you in our thoughts and prayers.
  6. Guest: Irene J Stockton | Mitchell
    Date: June 27, 2023
    I always enjoyed seeing Francie's smiling face. She was a delight to work with and so thoughtful. I am so sad for you, her family. Irene Stockton
  7. Guest: Bob and Sheryl Walton | Mitchell
    Date: June 27, 2023
    What a beautiful and happy video! So sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you.
  8. Guest: Bob and Sheryl Walton | Mitchell
    Date: June 27, 2023
    Your tribute video is such a happy and beautiful memory. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.
  9. Guest: Susan Hatfield Vogel | Thornton, CO. 80602
    Date: June 26, 2023
    So very sorry for your loss. Francie was an amazing woman. She will be missed by so many. Your picture video was amazing. She showed so much love for you all. Praying for all of you.
  10. Guest: Wayne & Nancy Harmon | Rockford, Michigan
    Date: June 26, 2023
    Larry we are so sorry for your family’s loss. We love you & will keep everyone in our prayers❤
  11. Guest: Suzi Connell Wilson | Indians
    Date: June 26, 2023
    My most sincere condolences.
  12. Guest: Rick Mitchell | Mitchell
    Date: June 26, 2023
    Larry for your loss prayers to you and your family
  13. Guest: Marilyn Crouch | Oolitic In 47451
    Date: June 26, 2023
    Words alone cannot express what a wonderful person Francis was. She is finally at peace after courageously fighting a battle she couldn’t win. God bless you, Larry, for giving Francie the love and caring she deserved.
  14. Guest: Chris and Cheri Mannix | Bedford, Indiana
    Date: June 26, 2023
    So sorry for your loss. You are all in our thought and prayers.
  15. Guest: LEAH K VOORHIES | Mitchell
    Date: June 25, 2023
    Francie was a very sweet and lovely lady in the truest sense of the words. Condolences to Larry and the rest of the family.
  16. Guest: Walt and Lorrie Shearin | Lake Wales, FL
    Date: June 25, 2023
    Larry, sorry to hear about Francie passing. She will be greatly missed. She was a talented artist and fun to be with. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
  17. Guest: Kristie Brown Lofland | Bloomington IN
    Date: June 25, 2023
    Sending my deepest sympathies Larry to you and your family.
  18. Guest: Marsha Neal | Freelandville, IN
    Date: June 25, 2023
    I worked with Francie for many years at NAPEC and beyond. She was always so wonderful to work with and very helpful. She will be missed. Larry, you and your family, are in our thoughts and prayers. Marsha and Ed Neal
  19. Guest: Steve Graf | Bloomfield, IN
    Date: June 25, 2023
    I worked with Francie at NAPEC. She was a dedicated worker and a joy to work with. So sorry for your loss, Larry. Praying that Jesus will comfort you. Steve Graf
  20. Guest: Reita Nicholson | Paoli In
    Date: June 25, 2023
    Such a beautiful lady inside and out. I’m proud to have called her my friend.
  21. Guest: Troy Callahan | Paragon Indiana
    Date: June 25, 2023
    So sorry for the family's loss
  22. Guest: Patsy and Roger Hedrick | Dubois, IN
    Date: June 25, 2023
    Sending prayers for Larry and family. Francie was such a pleasure to work with at NAPEC Crane. So sorry for your loss. Patsy and Roger Hedrick
  23. Guest: James Corns and Family | Mitchell, IN
    Date: June 25, 2023
    Terribly sorry to hear of Francie's passing. We only met a couple of times, very briefly, but she was always very kind to me and my family. I know her memory will live on through the lives she touched. Larry and the rest of the family will be in our prayers as you all navigate this difficult time.
  24. Guest: Donna Boyd | Greenwood, IN
    Date: June 25, 2023
    So sorry for your loss. Francie will truly be missed!
  25. Guest: Kenny Watterson | Avon, In.
    Date: June 24, 2023
    To Larry and family, Cheryl and I offer our sincere condolences.
  26. Guest: Elaine Tincher lagenour | Bedford ind
    Date: June 24, 2023
    Met her few times I went school with Larry. I'm sorry for your loss. LARRY. RIP FRANCIE
  27. Guest: Roger Davis | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: June 24, 2023
    Larry I am so sorry to hear about Francie passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Just now found out about it.
  28. Guest: Sarah Ratliff | Orleans
    Date: June 24, 2023
    So sorry to hear about Francie. She was so sweet to everyone. I was always impressed with her many talents. Larry, thinking of you and the rest of the family. Lonnie and Sarah Ratliff