Jan 202012

France Marion Willis, 93, passed away on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, in Snowflake. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 o’clock tonight (Jan. 20) at the Owens Livingston Mortuary-Heritage Chapel, located at 84 E. 19th South in Snowflake. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Main Street Chapel in Snowflake, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at the R.V. “Mike” Ramsay Memorial Cemetery in Snowflake.

He was born on May 1, 1918, in Snowflake to Albert Tillman Willis and Ida Flake Willis.

France served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was a lifelong resident of Snowflake.

He worked as a carpenter for years, building many homes in the area. France also worked for the Snowflake School District.

He enjoyed dancing, social gatherings, gardening, “especially flowers,” nature, exploring canyon petroglyphs and life.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Geneva Rogers Willis, on Aug. 25, 2005. He remarried on Sept. 29, 2006, to Myrtle Parker.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Parker Willis of Mesa; five children, Arthur Kent (Hazel) Willis of Phoenix, Warren Scott (Cathy) Willis of Mustang, Okla., Dana Nelson (Brenda) Willis of Tucson, Francine (Steve) Barton of Auburn, Wash., and Anthony Lynn (Melissa) Willis of Houston, Texas; 24 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and five siblings, Louise Levine of Snowflake, Conrad Willis of St. George, Utah, Anita Blair and Christabelle Baker, both of Snowflake, and Kelland Willis of Pleasant Grove, Utah.