Francine Linda Toro, 55, died on Nov. 18, 2020.
She was born in San Bernardino, on July 8, 1965 to Richard Fernandez Franco and Lois “Joanne” Franco.
Francine grew up in Colton. She attended Lincoln Elementary, Colton Middle School and graduated from Colton High School in 1983. After high school, Francine’s first job was at Inland Eye Institute, in Colton, as office manager for 10 years.
Francine met her future husband, Louis Toro, at New Life Fellowship Church. They fell madly in love and wed on April 25, 1987, at New Life Fellowship Church in San Bernardino. Soon after, on May 15, 1993 they welcomed their first-born child and named her Amanda. Then, on Sept. 14, 1994 they welcomed their second child, Nathan. Her family was always her top priority. From the moment Francine found out about Nathan’s autism diagnosis, she made it her life’s goal to learn everything that she could about autism. As involved as she was with her son, she was just as dedicated to her daughter Amanda from a very young age. Francine loved seeing her daughter Amanda cheer throughout high school and college.
After Francine’s father, Richard Franco, passed in 2006, her mother Joanne had a series of medical episodes including multiple strokes. Francine took in her mother in 2007 to care for her.
Francine loved going on day trips with her friends and children. She was a season pass holder for many years at Disneyland and loved eating at different spots and trying different beers. She would often take a train ride or look up a spot that Nathan found on the Internet to go try.
Francine also had strong beliefs in her faith as a devout Christian woman. She was very patriotic. She loved her country.
Francine and Louis spent 33 blissful years of marriage together. When her cancer prognosis became dire, her mother-in-law Carmen immediately came to California to help care for her.
Francine was preceded in death by her father, Richard Fernandez Franco.
She leaves behind her husband, Louie Toro, daughter and son Amanda and Nathen Toro, both from San Bernardino; her mother, Joanne Hendrikson Franco (Yucaipa); mother-in-law, Carmen Quinones-Nieves, father-in-law Rafael Nieves-Guzman (both of Florida); her siblings, Gail Franco Lopez (Redlands), Richard Lee Franco (Bullhead, Ariz.), Jeffrey Richard Franco (Corona), Mary Franco Torres (Yucaipa), Joanne “Yvette” Franco (Redlands), and Glen “Rocky” Franco (Yucaipa). Francine also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Weaver-Hughes Mortuary, Yucaipa.