Mary Magdalene Mallory Franklin
Absent from her body, gloriously present with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 30, 2018. She has been greeting all those who have gone before her.
She enjoyed 92 years of mothering, grandmothering, great-grandmothering, great-great-grandmothering, laughing, teasing, loving, caring, serving, playing the piano/organ, singing, quilting, sewing, synchronized swimming-ing, loving life, loving people, loving Milky Ways and Peppermint Patties, loving make-up (or anything in reach as replacement), etc., in no particular order and certainly not all inclusive. She lived a full and creative life where she taught herself to be a photographer/developer, professional cake decorator, painter, and needle artist where she “painted with thread.”
Born in Huntington, W. Va. on June 15, 1926, she lived her adult life in both Akron, Ohio and several coastal towns of Florida.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Hobert Oscar Franklin and grandson, Mark Merritt. She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Larry) Coufal and Marilyn (Jerry) Merritt; granddaughters, Christine (Cameron) Keaton and Melanie Merritt; great-granddaughters, Madison Mallory Keaton, Lauren Elizabeth Keaton, and Amber Merritt; and great-great-grandson, Beckett Tucker.
Also surviving are her friends from Pleasant View Nursing and Rehab in Barberton where she received incredible love and care.
A private burial will be at a later date at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her husband, a World War II Navy veteran.
(Hopkins Lawver, Akron, 330-733-6271)
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