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Julia Esther (Francis) Champlin

March 24, 1941 ~ June 27, 2020 (age 79)


Julia Esther (Francis) Champlin, age 79, of Des Moines died peacefully at home on Saturday, June 27, 2020.  

Julia’s services are currently pending and will be announced on this website once the information becomes available.

To share a condolence with the family and to send flowers/a memorial gift to the family select the "Send Tributes/Flowers" tab on this screen or call O'Leary's Flowers (Norwalk's only flower & gift store) directly at 515-981-0700.

Please Note:  The Memorial Tree Program offered on this website is NOT ENDORSED by O'Leary Funeral Services.  The memorial tree program is offered by our website provider against our wishes.  The website provider isn't able to tell us where/when the tree will [if ever] will be planted.  O'Leary's suggest if you wish to give a memorial tree to call Nikki Huetter the manager of  O'Leary's Flower Shop at (515) 981-0700 or contact a local tree nursery where a tree may be selected and then planted someplace meaningful to the family.

Julia’s Life Story

Julia Esther, the oldest child of Oscar Clarence and Nina Ruth (Elmore) Francis, was born on Monday, March 24, 1941 in Keokuk, Iowa. She attended a one room/class school through eighth grade and worked the family farm, with her five siblings until graduating from Keokuk High school.  In the late 60s, early 70s, after graduating, she moved to Des Moines and started her own family raising four boys, Scott Douglas, Todd Curtis, Tony Lee and Shane Michael Champlin.

Julia loved talking to and about her family. She was proud of every accomplishment they had.  You could often hear her recalling tales about her grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great grandchildren and great nieces and nephews. Julia worked her entire life at numerous jobs to raise her boys and finally retired as a technician at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino. She enjoyed going to Sprint Car Racing with her best friend and was a joy to be around as anyone who knew her would tell you. Julia loved to tell stories and just chit-chat with whomever she would meet.

On Saturday, June 27, 2020, Julia died.  She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Scott Champlin and Todd Champlin; and a sister, Wonda Campbell.

Those left to celebrate Julia’s life are her sons, Tony Champlin and Shane (Kimmie) Champlin; her brothers, Oscar Jr. (Donna) Francis, David (Dorothy) Francis, Donald (Mary) Francis, Jesse (Beth) Francis; a sister, Shari (James) Brookins; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces/nephews, great nieces/nephews and a host of extended family and friends.


O’Leary Celebration of Life Center

Funeral & Cremation Services

1020 Main Street - Norwalk, IA 50211 

(515) 981-0700

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