Francine grew up in Houston and graduated from John H. Reagan High School, where she was a member of the Reagan Redcoats drill crew. She was also chosen by her classmates as “the most beautiful”. Her school years were spent dreaming of a dancing career in New York City, but those dreams changed after a blind date with her future husband, Ruben Wert Hope, Jr. The two became inseparable. and after two years of dating, they were married over Easter weekend in 1959 at the Baptist Temple, Houston. As newlyweds, they lived in Austin while Ruben attended law school and Francine attended the University of Texas and worked for the Texas legislature. While at the University of Texas, Francine was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. While raising their family, they moved to Houston. In 1973, as the family continued to grow, they moved to Conroe where Ruben started a thriving law firm.
In addition to raising their three children, Francine became an active volunteer for many organizations and continued to be involved in the community throughout her life. Francine was President of the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society, Life Vice President of the Montgomery County Fair Association, School and International Boards for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Board Member of the Theater Foundation for the Crighton Theater, president of the Montgomery County Pan-Hellenic Alumni Association and president of the Golden Girls Drill Team recall club at Conroe High School. Francine has also been active in Republican Women’s Clubs in Montgomery County, most notably as the two-time Republican Women’s Chair of the Lake Conroe area. In 2004, LCARW awarded Francine the Hommage aux femmes award. Francine’s commitment to serving communities didn’t stop in Montgomery County. During Ruben’s third term as state representative, Francine continued her service as president of the Texas Legislative Ladies Club.
Family, education and faith were extremely important to Francine and Ruben. They believed in God and accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Francine and Ruben were active at First Baptist Church in Conroe, including active members of the Encouragers’ Sunday School class. Their three children, Tres, Gregg and Alison were baptized and married at First Baptist Church and they all graduated from Conroe High School and went on to graduate from college. While Ruben was a member of the CISD School Board and the Legislative Assembly, they both worked diligently to improve education. Francine took great pride in ensuring that this legacy is remembered and her efforts were made possible through the recent dedication of the Ruben W. Hope, Jr. Elementary School of CISD. Go Huskies!
Francine was predeceased by her husband, Ruben, and her parents Ordrea Rea Gordon and Delton Gordon. She is survived by their three children and spouses: Ruben “Tres” Wert Hope III and his wife Holly, Gregg Austin Hope and his wife Marcy and Alison Hope Judge and her husband Richard. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Danielle Hope Bily, Ruben “Ben” Wert Hope IV, Blythe Hope Becerra, Stuart Hope, Connor Judge and Holden Judge, and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Charles Gordon, his wife Sherri and their children Greg Gordon, Lindsay Heppner, Anna Kight and Madeline Gordon. Francine is also survived by her brother-in-law Harry L. Hope, his wife Marie Ulrich Hope and their children Brandi McIntosh, Heather Hope, Kyle Hope and Fallon Miles, their spouses and their children.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Kathy Rose for being an exceptional caregiver for Francine over the past few months.
Francine’s visitation will be on Monday, December 27, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Metcalf Funeral Directors, 1801 E White Oak Terrace, Conroe, Texas. A Celebration of Life will take place on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Metcalf Funeral Directors.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the Montgomery County Community Foundation, Ruben W. Hope, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, 2001 Timberloch Place, Suite 500, The Woodlands, Texas 77380, or through their site Web. www.MCCFoundation.org.
Posted by The Woodlands Villager December 26-27, 2021.