Ellen Franklin

Ellen Judith Franklin

Saturday, December 19th, 1936 - Saturday, April 20th, 2019
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Ellen Judith Franklin passed away on April 20th, 2019 at Ashley Manor in Hood River, Oregon. Ellen was born on December 19, 1936 and was 82 years of age at the time of her passing.

Ellen was born in Mannheim, Germany on December 19, 1936, to Marguerite and Berthold Feibelmann. In 1938, the Feibelmann family immigrated to the United States, settling in New Orleans, where Ellen lived until she graduated with honors from Newcomb College at Tulane University. Upon graduation, Ellen moved to Houston, Texas where she secured a position as a medical technologist at M.D. Anderson Hospital.

While living in Houston, Ellen met a tall, good-natured fella from Tennessee named David Franklin. Dave and Ellen married in Houston on August 20, 1960. Ellen eventually gave up her career to stay at home and raise their four children.

Ellen enjoyed knitting, sewing clothing for her children, and was an avid reader. She especially loved music—whether she was playing The Blue Danube on the piano she received from Dave on their first wedding anniversary, or singing along to the soundtrack of movie musicals. She often listened to the songs of Elvis Presley, and later the music of her children’s generation, Abba and The BeeGees.

Ellen loved nature, especially birds, and could be found watching them from the back window. She enjoyed tending to her African violets and poinsettias and planted her beloved irises at every home she ever had. When the Franklin family moved from Texas to New Jersey in 1969, Ellen sat on the plane with her four small children and a plastic bag containing carefully wrapped irises. Every spring they bloomed in full glory, only to be dug up and transplanted, along with the family, to new homes in Maryland, Austin, Texas, and eventually to Hood River, Oregon in 2009.

Most of all, Ellen loved her family and delighted in spending time with them. She was a loving, devoted wife for 50 years to Dave until his passing on June 23, 2010. She is survived by her four children, Karen Lowther, Stephen Franklin, Susan McCourt (and husband Wrayal), and Laurel Oglesby (and husband Barrett). She was a doting Mamaw to her grandchildren Christopher Lowther, Michael Lowther, Caroline Lowther, and Zane McCourt.

There will be private family memorials in Hood River, Oregon and Austin, Texas where her ashes will be comingled with those of her husband, Dave.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Heart of Hospice Foundation, or a charity of your choosing C/O Anderson’s Tribute Center (1401 Belmont Ave. Hood River, OR 97031).

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