Francis said that the window removal was completed on time, and believes the order to remove the plywood image is an act of discrimination against her Catholic faith.
Other neighbors have decorated their lawns and trailers with all kinds of things, she said, and her painting "isn't hurting anyone."
"There's all kinds of stuff out there, but this is because I'm Catholic and it's wrong," she said. "With all the things going on in the world, I would think there would be more important things to worry about than this."
On November 9, lawyers representing Vanguard gave Francis 30 days to remove the image. The deadline is fast-approaching - and falls three days before the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is on December 12.
But Francis refuses to budge.
According to reporting by Mark Young at the Bradenton Herald: "Documents indicate that Francis did have permission from the committee to replace the window, and she was inspired to have the painting done while at church at the last minute. Francis said she not only completed the project on time, but also there is nothing in the park rules regarding decorating after the fact."
CNA has contacted Tropical Palms trailer park for a copy of their property guidelines, but did not receive a response by press time.
More than 22 million Americans live in manufactured housing, the Manufactured Housing Institute reports. Manufactured home residents have a median annual income of less than $30,000. Mobile home parks are often owned by large corporations or distant landlords, and managed by third-party property management corporations.
Francis believes she has followed the rules at the trailer park where she lives.
While the stress of going to court has been affecting the octogenarian's health, she said she plans to decorate for Christmas and shine a laser on the image.
She does not plan on re-applying for permission for the project. She said she has appealed to her local Knights of Columbus chapter, through her parish at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, for help.
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"I just don't know anything about this legal stuff," she told the Bradenton Herald.
"They say I'll have to pay their attorney fees if they prevail in court. I can't afford this. I need help and I don't know what will happen to me, but I do know I'm not taking it down."
Mary Farrow worked as a staff writer for Catholic News Agency until 2020. She has a degree in journalism and English education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.