Edna Chamois-Francis

August 13, 1939 ~ June 23, 2021 (age 81)


Celebration of Life

    August 13, 1939 – June 23, 2021

Edna Chamois Francis transitioned from this life on earth, June 23, 2021 at the age of (81) to begin her eternal life in Heaven with the Lord.  Edna was born August 13, 1939 at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana to Edward Chamois and Ethel (Chamois) Hutchinson who preceded her in death, one brother Edward Chamois also born to this union preceded her in death.  Edna accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at a young age.

Edna lived a full life, loving the city of New Orleans, Louisiana in which she was born.  She spent her career at Torou Hospital; Foucher St, New Orleans, LA as a Register Nurse. Edna actively attended the Zulu Balls each year during Mardi Gras. To say the least Edna loved football (New Orleans Saints) team of choice. She would adamantly jump up and down in the house ringing a cow’s bell as they made touch-downs.  She loved traveling around the world with her mother, aunts and cousins on various cruises. After retiring she purchased the medallion needed to start her own cab service. 

In August 2005, Katrina Hurricane hit the City of New Orleans which devastated the city. Edna evacuated the city she loved to hang out in Texas until the storm was over. To her surprise she ended up in Bellwood, Illinois to live with her daughter during that time.  During her stay in Illinois she joined the Rock of Ages Baptist Church in Maywood, IL.  She joined the Golden Ladies and Gents Senior Club in Chicago, and Sharp Community Center in Melrose Park, where she loved playing “Bingo “until her health began to fail.

 Edna leaves to cherish her memory: (daughter) Wanda Certain-Lee; (son) George Randle Certain (wife) Ann B. Certain; (son) Edward Daniel Certain and Ray Certain, who preceded her in death.

(grand-daughters) Anitra Certain;

Tomeka Farmer, Deanna Certain and Shanita Certain;

(grandson) Ivan Smith; great-grandsons (Aaron Certain, Amarion Certain, Davion Farmer, Malaki Farmer

and one precious (great-great granddaughter) Mielle Certain; God-daughter Diane (one) uncle and a host of great grandchildren, cousins, relatives and friends.

She fought a good fight, finished her course, and kept the faith.


“Shop in Heaven’s Grocery Store”

I was walking down life’s highway a long time ago.

One day saw a sign that read Heaven’s Grocery Store.

As I got a little closer, the door came open wide,

And when I came to myself, I was standing inside.

I saw a host of angels; they were standing everywhere

And one angel said, “My child shop with care.”

Everything a Christian needed was in that grocery store.

And all you couldn’t carry you could come back the next day for more

First, I got some patience, love was in the same row.

Further down was understanding, you need that everywhere you go.

I got a box or two of wisdom, a bag or two of faith.

I just couldn’t miss the Holy Ghost for

He was all over the place.

I stopped to get some strength and courage to help me run the race.

By then my basket was getting full, but I remembered I needed some grace .I didn’t forget salvation, for salvation that was free.

So, I tried to get enough of that to save you and me.

Then I started to the counter to pay my grocery bill.

For I thought I had everything to do my master’s will.

As I went up the aisle, I saw prayer and just had to put that in.

For I knew when I stepped outside, I would run right into sin.

Peace and joy were plentiful, they were on the last shelf.

Song and praises were hanging near so I just helped myself.

Then, I said now how much do I owe?

He just smiled and said, just take them everywhere you go.

How much do I really owe?

He smiled and said, my child, Jesus paid your bill a long time ago.

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