Francine (Martin) Youngstrom



Francine Martin Youngstrom was born August 24, 1934 in Buckhorn, Alabama to Carrie King and Docia Francis Martin. She was raised in Phenix City, Alabama.

Francine served as State Treasurer of Alabama Diversified Occupation (1951-1952). She was an Honor Student, graduated from Central High School in 1952. She married Ralph O. Youngstrom on June 20, 1953 and was a homemaker and mother to 3 girls. Francine was an excellent seamstress who made all the girls' clothes during their growing up years, including their wedding gowns and bridal party dresses. She returned to workforce as tax preparer for H&R Block in January 1971. She was a Charter Member of H&R Block Premium Office in 1988 where she worked until retirement in November 2013. She was an IRS Enrolled Agent since 1988 and a member of Northwest Baptist Church.

Francine was predeceased by parents and younger brother, Marion LaRue Martin and is survived by her husband, Ralph O. Youngstrom, of 60 years; daughters Rebecca (Ed) Lovely of Archer, Karen (Fred) Bullock of Tallahassee, and Ingrid (Jeff) James of Baton Rouge; brother Lamar (Brenda) Martin of Fort Worth, Texas, and seven grandchildren.

Funeral service will be graveside at Forest Meadows Memorial Park West on 241 in Jonesville, FL on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 1:00pm. There will be a visitation on Wednesday evening from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Forest Meadows Funeral Home. The family requests that donations be made in Francine's honor to Haven Hospices E.T. York Care Center, 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606.

Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Homes and Cemeteries, 725 NW 23rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609 (352) 378-2528. Please sign Francine's online guestbook at

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Forest Meadows Funeral Home and Cemeteries
725 NW 23rd Avenue Gainesville, FL 32609
(800) 958-2528

Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 16 to Apr. 17, 2014