When Sonny was killed, Francesca moved with her mother to Nevada, where they were supported by Vito Corleone, and later Michael Corleone, who moved to Nevada shortly after. Francesca began attending college, where she met Gardner Shaw. In 1958, Francesca and Gardner married, with Michael's blessing.
In The Godfather Returns, Francesca met Billy Van Arsdale. They were happily married with two children (and one miscarried baby, a daughter Carmela) until Francesca discovered that Van Arsdale was working with Attorney General Daniel Shea, to bring down the Corleone crime syndicate, and had also been having an affair. Francesca ran her husband over, and the blame went to his lover.