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Hanneli Anayi Francis

Hanneli Anayi Francis

1967 - 2007

Our beloved Hanneli / Anayi Francis passed from this world on February 23 after a courageous five-year struggle with a brain tumor. Joyful and passionately in love with the spirit of life itself, she was born in Vancouver, Canada on June 9 to David W. and Jane (Krefft) Francis, coming of age in Delaware in the early 70s. The formative experience of building a cabin in the woods outside Baker City in the mid 70s established a deep connection with wildlife and wilderness.

Moving to California in the 1980s with her mother, Hanneli earned a BS in Environmental Studies from U Colorado Boulder in 1989 and began practicing yoga shortly thereafter, developing a lifelong practice that lead to certification as an Anusara teacher. Her intense connection with spirit inspired hundreds of students over the years, and she trained dozens of teachers.

With later stops in Bend, Breitenbush, Williams, and Ashland, Hanneli poured herself into the heart of these communities, coordinating festivals and workshops as well as directing the construction of a one-of-a-kind straw bale house in Williams.

A wanderer and seeker, she walked the landscapes of Australia, Africa, Europe, Asia, South and Central America, particularly Oaxaca.

She is survived by her parents, her aunt and uncles, a brother, sister-in-law and nephew of Seattle, as well as by a diversity of extremely close friends with whom she shared the same profound connection.

A memorial service and celebration of her life is planned for 1:00 Saturday, March — at the Havurah Temple, 185 N. Mountain St., in Ashland.

The family wishes to thank Rogue Valley Medical Center, Dr. Louie and Dr. Ross, for Hanneli's care over the years, as well as her friends in Williams and Ashland, especially Khalil Elliott, her partner for the past seven months.

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Hanneli Anayi Francis