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Obituary: Margaret “Peggy” Jean Marshall Francis

Margaret “Peggy” Jean Marshall Francis a resident at Wesley Place in Dothan, AL and formally of Millbrook, AL died on April 26, 2021. She was 91.

Peggy was born in Dayton, Ohio on December 14, 1929 to the late Charles and Anna Marshall.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Phyllis Marshall and her husband of 53 years Lt. Col. Frederick “Fritz” W. Francis.

Survivors include her sons Jim Francis of San Francisco, CA and Steve (Terri) Francis of Dothan, AL; grandchildren, Sarah (Shaun) Carroll, Montgomery, AL; Will Francis, Kansas City, KS; Zack (Lauren Ashley) Francis, Headland, AL.

Before college, Peggy and a young Jonathan Winters had an early morning radio show in Ohio, where they worked together perfecting character voices and reading farm futures. Marriage and children changed her plans for a broadcasting career, but she retained her radio voice until the end, as friends will confirm. Peggy graduated from Ohio University where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.  She also held master’s degrees from Penn State and Troy State Universities.  Peggy served as an instructor at numerous universities to include Penn State, Auburn University Montgomery and USAF Air War College at Maxwell. She enjoyed serving others and did so through serving with the following boards: Montgomery Area Mental Health Association, Retired Officers Wives Club at Maxwell AFB, Capital City Republican Women, First United Methodist Church of Millbrook, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Tehran American School. Being a military wife, she enjoyed her travels to five continents and living in Turkey and Iran. Peggy had a quick wit and loved to entertain others with her stories. One story she loved to tell was dancing with Neil Armstrong at a college dance.  

The family would like to express their gratitude to the caring staff of Wesley Place on Honeysuckle these last two years. We are also very thankful for friends and neighbors who were so kind to help Peggy at home. Without your help we know that she would not have been able to live alone as long as she did. Your kindnesses will always be remembered.

Memorials may be sent to Wesley Place on Honeysuckle designated to the Fountain of Love or to First United Methodist Church of Millbrook, AL.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will be at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, FL.

Glover Funeral Home of Dothan has been entrusted with the arrangements. (334) 699-3888. Please sign the guestbook online at