Rose C. Francois

Rose Marie “Bosco” Chester Francois, 79, of Orange Park, entered the sunset of life Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park. 

The daughter of Beatrice Grooms and Charlie James Chester, she was a native of Palatka and was born Friday, Nov. 24, 1939. Rose was educated in the Putnam County School District. Upon relocating to Miami, she became a substitute teacher in the Miami-Dade School District. She was a member of Lighthouse Power & Praise Cathedral in Naranja (South Miami-Dade County). Rose enjoyed life and had many hobbies, especially traveling and spending quality time with her family and friends. Her warm smile and laughter is already missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in eternal rest by her siblings, George Chester, Bessie Chester, Carolyn Goodman-Chester, Mary Merritts, Carrie McClinton and Charley Lumpkins. 

She leaves to celebrate her life and cherish her memories her husband, Jean-Pierre Francois of Plantation; daughters, Evangelist Patsy Lherisson of Jacksonville, Norma (Youlexte) Janvier of Tamarac and Sheila (Dieujuste) Beauvil of Augusta, Ga.; sons, Eric (Lisa) Russell Sr. of Miami, Stacey (Jill) Chester of Seattle and Michael (Hazel) Chester of Miami; sister, Evelyn Johnson of Palatka; brother, Nick (Veronica) Chester of Miami; 40 grandchildren, including her eldest grandchildren, Jasmine, Aaron, Chevelle, Damien, Shawony, Eric Jr., Lulu, Shantale, Michelle and Shanwtavi; 31 great-grandchildren; numerous great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and special friend, David Sheffield Jr. of Orange Park. 

Visitation of family and friends will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at Flagg’s Chapel of Serenity. Homegoing celebration will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Mt. Tabor First Baptist Church, 4909 St. Johns Ave. in Palatka. Apostle Arlene B. Davis of Lighthouse Power & Praise Cathedral of Naranja is the eulogist. Chester-Francois Family condolences may be sent to 

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Karl N. Flagg Serenity Memorial Chapel, 2400 Madison St. in Palatka.

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