|Birth: ||Apr. 11, 1908|
|Death: ||Aug. 5, 1997|
"Daily Local News", Chester County, PA August 1997
Ethel L. Franklin of Oxford, PA
Ethel L. Franklin of Oxford died Tuesday, August 5, 1997, at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford. She was the widow of Joseph E. Franklin. Born in Telford, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Stokes G. and Susan Masters Lewis.
A retired school teacher, she taught at the Prospect Hill School in West Fallowfield Township. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren, Jennersville. She was a former member of the P.S.E.A. and was a graduate of West Chester State Teachers College. She was a resident of the Oxford area since 1919.
She is survived by one son, Ronald L. Franklin of Ephrata; one daughter, Jane F. Bashore of Myerstown; two brothers, Javine F. Lewis of Cochranville, and Chester R. Lewis of New London; one sister, Ruth M. Edwards of Coatesville; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, David J. Franklin and Theodore E. Franklin.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 9, at the Johnson-Ruffenach Funeral Home, 224 Penn Ave., Oxford. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, at the funeral home. Interment will be in Faggs Manor Presbyterian Cemetery in Cochranville.
Officiating Clergy at funeral - The Rev. Mary Jane Meyers, Church of the Brethren, Jennersville, PA.
Oxford (PA) Tribune, "Commentary", Thursday, August 14, 1997, page 4. By Susan M. Franklin
My grandmother, Ethel L. Franklin, died recently at the age of 89. She had been living at Ware Presbyterian Village for the last five years of her life, where she received excellent care from the nurses and the aides. She had suffered from diabetes for the past 39 years.
During my childhood, Mom-Mom lived next door to us on Locust Street. It seemed natural to me to have her so close, to be able to go over to her house whenever I felt like it, to visit with her and play with her cats. I didn't realize at the time how lucky I was to have my grandmother so close -- that other children didn't get to see their grandparents that often, as they lived miles away.
Mom-Mom was the only grandparent I ever really knew. Her husband died before I was born and both of my grandparents on my mother's side died when I was a baby. I knew her to be a strong, independent, even a stubborn lady and bit of a loner. I didn't realize what kind of life she had had until I was a little older.
She was born in Telford, Tennessee, the daughter of S.G. and Susan Lewis. Her family, which included four brothers and a sister, moved to this area when she was 11 years old. Mom-Mom was fortunate enough to attend West Chester State Teachers College, and graduate in 1928. This was a real honor for women in those days. She taught briefly at Prospect Hill School in West Fallowfield Township, until she married my grandfather, Joseph E. Franklin.
They moved to Lionville (PA) and farmed for various people until they were able to buy their own farm in Hickory Hill, PA. My grandmother and grandfather had four children, three boys and a girl, all of whom helped out on the farm. Farm work was not easy, and my grandmother often told me about carrying heavy water jugs and milking cows. She was not a big person but she could do a lot of work!
After my grandfather died, my father convinced Mom-Mom that she could not run the farm alone. She sold the farm and always referred wistfully to the days on the farm when she spoke of them to me. She and my parents built homes side by side on Locust Street in 1969, so I always had my grandmother nearby as a babysitter, companion and friend.
Mom-Mom always encouraged me in my dreams of becoming a writer, as she had always wanted to be one. She did write some poetry and kept journals most of her life. She was a very bright lady who loved to do crossword puzzles, embroidery, and kept up on current events when she was living at home.
Now I know that Mom-Mom is in Heaven, no longer suffering from that debilitating diabetes. I know she is reunited with her husband, and her two sons who preceded her in death, my father David and my uncle Teddy. Although she was a loner for much of her life, I know that she will be surrounded by love in her eternal life.
Stokes Gudger Lewis (1879 - 1965)
Susie Jane Masters Lewis (1877 - 1967)
Joseph Earl Franklin (1905 - 1966)*
David Joseph Franklin (1934 - 1989)*
Theodore Earl Franklin (1935 - 1992)*
Manor Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Created by: Susan Lewis Arday
Record added: May 04, 2003
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