Francis Denny was born 13 April 1866, the 13th of 15 children born to Joseph W. Denny and Adelia DeGan, in Lowell, Kent, Michigan, United States.
Francis Denny married Willis G. Dollaway on the 3rd of October, 1885 in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan. They lived in the Lowell area most of their lives. Willis and Francis had nine children, four died at a young age and five lived to adulthood.
Francis Dollaway died 22 February 1955 in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan. She is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Kent, Michigan, United States.