I Live Here: The Francis Family

Have you ever wondered who lives in Central Florida neighborhoods? Say hello to the Francis family, residents of Lake Nona’s Moss Park neighborhood.

Moss Park Reserve neighbors, The Francis family
Say hello to the Francis family: Willie (left), Lissette (middle), Julie (right) and Julisa (front).

Q & A With Lissette Francis

Name and age:
Hello. My name is Lissette Francis and I have been married to Willie Francis for the past 20 years. We have two daughters: Julia, age 15, who goes to Lake Nona High School and is in dual enrollment, and Julisa, age 7, who attends Moss Park Elementary.

We are both originally from New York; Willie is from Brooklyn and I am from the Bronx.

Current neighborhood:
Moss Park Reserve.

How do you pay the bills?
We pay our bills electronically, even though I miss writing checks!

What do you create?
As a social worker, I would like to think that I help create a calmness in people who come to me in times of hardship and despair.

How did you land in Orlando?
We landed in Orlando after a brief stop in Kissimmee. We moved to Florida because my father—who developed lung cancer after being a rst responder in the World Trade Center attacks—needed a warm climate to help with his breathing and we wanted a better, calmer life for our family.

Do you hold an annual pass? If so, to which park?
One year, we held an annual pass to SeaWorld and, after not using it all year, we decided not to renew—but we plan to renew at some point.

What is the last book you read?
The last book I read was “When Breath Becomes Air,” written by Paul Kalanithi, who was a physician and became a patient. This is his story about his transition in the healthcare system.

Name your favorite tattoo:
My favorite tattoo is the only one I have: it has my husband’s name and the names of my daughters on a rose on my back.

Last thing you ate at a food truck?
The last thing I ate from a food truck was cupcakes—if that counts as food!!

What is your favorite farmers’ market and why?
My favorite farmers’ market is at the YMCA on Monday evenings. Great people and great food!

Butterbeer, Dole whip, or _______?
I am afraid to say I don’t know what either of these are or taste like…..

Springs, lakes, or oceans?
We love the Ocean! Even though I am the only one in my family who can’t swim.

Only in Orlando moment?
Coming from New York, the friendliness of all the people we have encountered is our “only in Orlando” moment.

Dog person or cat person?
We are definitely dog people.

If you could change one thing about Orlando, what would it be?
If we could change one thing about Orlando, it would be… all the tolls!!

Where can we find you on the web?
My email address is lissettefrancis@hotmail.com

About the I Live Here Project

Everyone has a story worth telling. And that’s why we started the I Live Here Project—to make it easy for you to share your story, read your neighbors’ stories, and make this place where we all live feel more like home.

How You Can Participate

There are three simple rules to participate in CFM’s I Live Here Project. You must:

  1. Answer all of the questions.
  2. be willing to be photographed in your neighborhood.
  3. Live, work or play in one of the zip codes we cover: 32806, 32809, 32812, 32827, 32832, 32829, 34741, 34771 or 34773.

Sound good? Great. Send us an email (lynnette@cfmonthly.com) and we’ll send you the questions. After you return your answers to us, we’ll schedule your photo shoot and put you in the queue for publication. And, of course, we’ll give you the heads up when we publish your Q&A in the magazine or online. Because #InternetFamous.

Cover May 2017 CFM MagazineThis article appears in the May 2017 issue of Central Florida Monthly Magazine. The free publication is distributed in Lake Nona, Lee Vista, Harmony, Conway, St. Cloud, and Kissimmee via direct mail (30 thousand copies), email (20 thousand subscribers), social media (thousands of followers) and the Social, CFM’s signature networking event. Download the digital issue here.


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