Francie Stauffer, co-pastor of the Branson-based Grand Old Gospel Hour, died Feb. 28 at her home in Walnut Shade following an inspirational battle with cancer.
A special memorial service will be held at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater Saturday, March 14, at 10 a.m. On Sunday, March 15, also at 10 a.m., the first service of the Grand Old Gospel Hour in its new location, the Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater, will celebrate the life and memory of Francie Stauffer with special performances by friends of the Grand Old Gospel Hour.
With her high school sweetheart and husband of 37 years Sam Stauffer, Francie Stauffer co-pastored the Grand Old Gospel Hour, a church with a local membership that is beginning its 14th year providing a Christian worship and praise experience to Branson tourists. She was involved in the decision to move Sunday praise and worship to the new location at the Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater and the service on March 15 will be the first in the new location.
“Come join us for this meaningful homecoming celebration honoring the life and memory of Francie. Everyone is welcome. We are excited to welcome home friends and family for a special reunion of our past 13 years in Branson. Thousands of people have attended the Grand Old Gospel Hour over the years and Francie touched each of them in a special way,” said Sam Stauffer.
Francie Stauffer was a leader in her church, shepherding others and supporting several international ministries.
“Especially meaningful to her were supporting ministries in India and Israel,” said her daughter Rachel Narancich. “We support three main ministries in India that have collectively seen literally millions of people come into the kingdom of God. Francie called these her ‘precious’ people. These ministries train indigenous pastors and support hundreds of churches across India. These ministries house orphans and widows which are outcasts in India’s society. These children are taken off the streets, given a home, an education and brought up in the love and nurture of Christian values,” said Sam Stauffer.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts for special missionary projects in India and Israel that were especially meaningful to her. Donations designated to Francie’s Missionary Memorial Fund can be sent to the Grand Old Gospel Hour, P.O. Box 88, Branson, MO 65615 or called in to 417-337-8888.
A highest priority in her life was to raise her children to love the Lord. Another priority in her life was to see the church in America come alive and enter into the freedom the light of Christ offers.
In addition to shepherding others and missionary projects, a legacy she leaves behind is a series of Christian columns written for her ministry and most recently published in the Branson ETC paper. Refocusing on life’s priorities, patriotic and Christian freedom, the importance of smiling, the power of love, and telling others of their significance were among her messages.
The daughter of Roy and Virginia Morgan, Francie Stauffer was born Jan. 17, 1952, in Joplin.
Survivors include her husband; father; one daughter, Rachel Narancich and her husband, Max, of Walnut Shade; two sons, Adam Stauffer and his wife, Adriane, of Walnut Shade, and Josh Stauffer and his wife, Mandy, of Branson; two sisters, Carol Potter of Missouri and Cindy Owens of North Carolina; one brother, John Morgan of Missouri; and two grandchildren, Abigail and Asher Narancich.
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