Francene J. Kimball, age 70 of Gallatin, passed away Thursday, May 20, 2021. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 26th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Family Heritage Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be Thursday, May 27th at 10:00 a.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, with Father Vic Subb as Celebrant. Interment will follow the service at Historic Gallatin Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: The Society of the Little Flower, 1313 N Frontage Road, Darien, Illinois 60561-5340 or The Cumberland Crisis Pregnancy Center, 2229 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, Tn 37066.
Miss Kimball was born March 22, 1951 in Leavenworth, Kansas to the late Frank Kimball and Mary Jane Stouvenel Kimball. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by niece, Mary Kimball. She is survived by brother, Tom Kimball (Marie) of Gallatin; nephews, David Kimball, John Kimball, and Joseph Kimball; niece, Monica Baker (Brandon); great nephew, Ezra Baker; and great niece, Marian Baker. Miss Kimball was a 1969 graduate of St Anthony High School in Effingham, Illinois. She attended St Francis University in Joliet, Il and received a degree in social work in 1979 from Southern Benedictine College in Cullman, Alabama. Despite being a victim of polio and later complications including epilepsy, she filled her life with a joyful faith that motivated her actions. As a college student in Alabama, she was arrested for participating in a sit in at an abortion facility. She advocated for constitutional protections for all persons including those in the womb her entire life.
Francene was a prolific writer and enjoyed poetry and prose. She was happy to be a part of the Plateau Writers Club when living in Crossville, Tn. She wrote with tender compassion, a sense of wonder and gleeful expression. Francene became a member of the Third Order Franciscans at a ceremony in 1982. She also studied as a postulant of the Sisters of the Lamb of God in Brescia, France. She toured the home of her favorite saint, Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower and Doctor of the church. Inspired by St Therese, she wrote study materials for children about the Saint and taught religious education classes wherever she lived. In a 1994 “Letter to St Therese”, her closing lines were: “ I feel wonderful when I see your lovely face- knowing that someday in Heaven, we shall embrace.” Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com. Family Heritage Funeral Home has been honored to assist the family.