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Celia Rhode Franklin
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Birth: May 10, 1878
Lavaca County
Texas, USA
Death: Jun. 28, 1917
Minnesota, USA

In Memory of Mrs. Celia Rhode Franklin
28 Jun 1917 , Floresville, Wilson County, Texas

CELIA RHODE FRANKLIN Floresville Chronicle-Journal, probably the issue of July 5, 1917 In Memory of Mrs. Celia Rhode Franklin. Born May 10, 1878, died at Rochester, Minn., Tues., June 28, 1917, at 5:45 a.m.

Her suffering ended with the day
Yet lived she at the close,
And breathed the long, long night away,
In statue-like repose.
But when the sun, in all his state
Illumed the eastern skies,
She passed through glory's morning gate,
And walked into paradise.

When it became known that our esteemed fellow townsman, Ed Franklin, accompanied by Mrs. Webb Rhode and Dr. J. V. Blake, was on his way to Rochester, Minn., with his beloved wife, where it was thought that under the superior skill of the celebrated Mayo Brothers, her life might be saved, a great prayer went up from the entire citizenship of this vicinity that she might be spared to her noble husband, to the two sweet little daughters, to her relatives, her friends and to this Christian community.
But when the news came that the great God above in his wisdom decreed otherwise, and our breaking hearts were submerged in grief, we bowed our heads in humble submission to the will of the One who doeth all things well.
Mrs. Celia Rhode Franklin was born in Lavaca County, Texas, and moved with her parents to Wilson County at an early age.
She was joined in holy wedlock to Ed Franklin, June 16, 1902. To this union were born two daughters, Lasca aged twelve, and Jewel aged five.
Mrs. Franklin's life was that of a consistent Christian, and she had been a member of the Baptist church since she was about twelve years of age.
She was a loyal member of Jasmine Chapter No.271 Eastern Star and a member of the Woodman Circle.
I have heard it said, ‘The beauty of the home is order; The blessing of the home is contentment; The glory of the home is hospitality,' and it has never been my pleasure to see the Beauty, the Blessing and the Glory of the Home more exemplified than in the home of Mrs. Celia Rhode Franklin and her honored husband.
The funeral services were held at the family residence, Sunday afternoon, July 1st, 1917, at five o'clock, Rev. I. J. White of Nixon, officiating. The love and esteem of this community toward the deceased was slightly evidence by the vast concourse of friends that followed the remains to their last resting place and by the beautiful floral offerings that literally smothered the grave.

‘We see but dimly through the mists and vapors;
Amid these earthly damps
What seem to us but sad, funeral tapers
May be heaven's distant lamps.
There is no death!
What seems so is transition;
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the life elysian,
Whose portal we call death.
She is not dead—the one of our affection,
But gone unto that school
Where she no longer needs our poor protection,
And Christ Himself doth rule.

'In closing this feeble tribute to the wife of my death friend I have the supremest confidence in the God above, that he will comfort the bleeding hearts of the husband, the relatives, the friends, and that He will watch over and care for the darling, motherless daughters.A Friend. Celia Rhode Franklin was born in the Shiloh Community of Lavaca County May 10, 1878, the youngest child of Thomas Cicero Rhode and his wife, Lucinda Griffith Rhode, whose families had migrated there from Mississippi before the Civil War. T. C. Rhode died May 5, 1879, and was buried in Shiloh Cemetery. His widow, "Lou" Griffith Rhode, moved with her seven children, aged 12 and under, to Wilson County, where many members of her extended families of Griffiths and Rhodes already lived. She died in Floresville, Wilson County, on August 30, 1890, and is buried in the City Cemetery there, where her daughter was also interred. This tribute was probably written by the editor, Sam Fore, Jr., who was a family friend.

Contributed by Judy Rowe Koehl

Family links: 
  Wiley Edward Franklin (1878 - 1939)*
*Calculated relationship
Floresville City Cemetery
Wilson County
Texas, USA
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To a Griffith ancestor.
- Sam Bundrick
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