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Francine Louise Lanier


Sunrise: October 11, 1956

Sunset: January 11, 2023

On January 11, 2023, God called home one of his most faithful angels, our wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend Francine Louise Lanier. She went to be with her Lord and Savior and is now resting in eternal peace in the arms of the Savior. 

Francine was born on October 11, 1956 in Norfolk, Virginia. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and later received an Associates Degree in Business Administration. She eventually retired from the Department of Human Services where she worked for 17 years. 

Francine truly loved her family and shared a special bond with each of her 6 grandchildren. She cherished them and they loved her just as much. She was always their biggest cheerleader and biggest fan. She was a very proud grandmother and would always say that her children and grandchildren were her greatest accomplishment in life.

Francine is preceded in death by her father Herman Lee Thomas Sr., her mother Bessie Mae Wood Thomas, sister Barbara Ann Thomas, brother Herman Lee Thomas Jr., and brother David Bradley Thomas.

Francine will be lovingly remembered by her husband Kevin; her children Lacresa Bethea (Deon), Shahauna Mallery (Timothy), Robert Wright Jr. (Christina) and stepdaughter Ashley (Jamar); grandchildren Linel, Latia, DeAngelo, Deon Jr., Brianna, and Arielle; step-grandchildren Jeremiah, Michell, and Andrew; sisters Audrey Tarboro, Anita Thomas, Annette Willis (Tyrone), LaCheryl Carrington, Bonita McCray; brothers Emmanuel Thomas Sr. (Elsie), Darryl Thomas, and bonus brother Zachary Ash (DeLois); mother in law Brenda Lanier, brother in law Robert Lanier (Neove), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

Viewing Thursday, January 26, 2023 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Burial Friday, January 27, 2023 10:00am Forest Lawn Cemetery 8100 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Memorial Service Friday, January 27, 2023 11:30am Avalon Church of Christ 844 Woodstock Road Virginia Beach, VA 23464

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    Annette Cynthia Thomas Willis says

    Francine
    What a wonderful, talented older sister you we’re. Such a kind, sweet, and gentle lady. Thank you for being such a wonderful example to me, and for all our childhood memories together. Thank you for your beautiful smile and the laughter you gave to mom, me, and the Thomas family. Yes, you will never ever be for gotten by me, and I will keep your name very much alive among the Thomas girls.I know you are satisfied, so enjoy your new home.

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    Betty Jean says

    So sorry for the family’s loss. May God Bless and Comfort each family and friend of Francine. I didn’t personally know her but I am Blessed to know her Beautiful daughter Shahauna! I can tell just how loved you are and how missed you will be.
    Mrs Lanier, Rest In Heaven’s most amazing peace. You have a large crew that love and will watch out for Shahauna here! No worries! ❤️ XOXO

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    Sherley Willians says

    I was very sadden to hear of the passing of Francine. She was a co-worker and friend and a kind and sweet person. My sincere condolences to the family. A sunset on earth is a sunrise in heaven. May she rest in the light on the other side.

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    Cassandra Parker says

    Remembering my beautiful friend Francine from childhood. She will always be remembered as a sweet and loving person. May God grant peace to your family during this time of bereavement. RIHP Francine. Love you. Sandi & Myron Parker

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    Lynn says

    Francine was a very gentle soul. No matter what, she always had a smile on her face. If you asked what was funny she’d just reply nothing and then smile harder. I was deeply sadden to hear of her passing. My God bring you all the peace and comfort that only he can give.

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