Marjorie Francis

Thursday, September 3, 2020
Marjorie Francis

Marjorie Francis

On the night of August 7, 2020 mom took the hand of Jesus. As hard as it was to let her go, we knew that mom was ready to meet her soul mate, son, grandson, granddaughter, and other loved ones at the gates of heaven. Mom was a gentle soul with a fiery spirit. She had her humor and wit until the very end.

Mom was born to Tera and Glen Ferguson on the farm in Howard Valley. She attended school in Howard, Rosebud and Forsyth. On December 20, 1947, mom married her soul mate, Leo Johnson. Together they welcomed Terri, Rusty, Toby and Wade into their family. Mom often reminisced of their years living on the Pryor Mountains, mining, and construction days together with her parents. In September of 1962, mom was left a young widow with four children to feed when Leo was tragically killed in a mining accident. She packed up her family and moved to Shoshone, Wyoming home to Forsyth, Montana to be near her family.

In 1963, mom married Carl Swanson, together they welcomed one daughter, Robbin to the family, together, they raised the family in Forsyth. Mom and Carl divorced in 1975. After the divorce, mom and Robbin moved from Forsyth, eventually settling in Wyoming where mom met Roger Francis. That marriage brought travel into mom’s life. Mom spent time living in Texas, Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, and eventually they retired in Billings.

Mom never knew a stranger. She welcomed anyone and everyone into her home. one of my favorite stories was when the boys were in high school, they wanted their friends’ home for lunch. On this day, there was a new face at the table. Mom asked who had invited him, No one had; he had heard of mom’s good cooking and followed them home. No one left mom’s home hungry, thus the nickname Tyler gave her, Grandma Cookie.

At the age of 79, mom joined the Catholic faith. She loved the community she found in St. Bernard’s. she fondly became mom to the RCIA team and others at the church. Mom was proud to be the oldest one to join the church and went to on proudly be the oldest on the RCIA team for several years.

Mom is survived by her children Terry Derby, Rusty (Ruthie) Johnson, Toby (Lois) Johnson, Robbin (Bryan) Redmond, her sister Peggy (Elmer) Hawkinson, 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren, and all those who fondly called her mom.

Mom was preceded in death by her soul mate, Leo Johnson, her son Wad, Grandson Leo, Granddaughter Doreen, Great Grandson Daniel, brothers Gene and Jack, sister Betty Lou, and her parents Glen and Tera, Roger, Carl and son-in-law Glen Derby.

Rest in Peace, Mom. You are free from pain, resting in the arms of Jesus. As hard as it was to let you go, we find comfort knowing you were welcomed by a host of Angels at the gates of Heaven.

A memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 1:00 PM at the Forsyth Cemetery. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home have been entrusted with arrangements. To leave condolences for the family, visit our website at