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Louise Franklin

Jul 26 1922 - Apr 21 2009

Louise Lorraine Franklin was born July 26, 1922 at Mangum, Oklahoma the daughter of William E. Genthe and Blanche Futch Genthe. Louise was a 1941 graduate of Bells High School. She married Louis Alvin Franklin on February 21, 1942 at Bells, Texas. They were married for 67 years. Louise died at her home in Whitewright on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. Louise was a Campfire leader, Sunday School teacher, 4H leader, Vacation Bible School teacher, a member of the Red River Valley Button Club and the Friendship Sunday School Class. She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church which she loved greatly and spent much of her life serving. She was a lover of music. She was surrounded by many wonderful musicians and fiddle players in her family. Louise was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her family. She will be greatly missed 'til that day when we see her again. She is survived by husband, Louis Franklin of Whitewright; daughter, Donna Kay Latimer of Denison; daughter, Anna Holcomb and husband Harold of Ft. Worth; daughter, Debbie Franklin of Garland; son, Larry Franklin and wife Donna of Nashville, Tennessee; son, Kenneth Franklin and wife Vicky of Whitewright; 10 grandchildren, Robin Bradshaw, Mike Latimer, Russell Latimer, Cynthia Wilson, John Holcomb, Cassie Franklin, Tara Cutler, Kendra Franklin, Jason Andrew, and Jill Andrew; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Meire Harris and infant daughter, Linda Carol Franklin. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, April 24, 2009 at Bethel Baptist Church, Whitewright, Texas. Officiating the service will be Rev. Randy McBroom and Rev. Phillip Smith. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Whitewright, Texas. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Russell Latimer, Mike Latimer, Jason Andrew, John Holcomb; great-grandson, Aaron Wilson and special family friend, Eddie McCartney. The family will receive friends at the Bethel Baptist Church, Friday, April, 24, 2009 from 1:00pm until service time at 2:00pm. Memorials may be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund......... Peace Be Thine ......... God saw the road was getting tough And the hills were hard to climb. He gently closed those loving eyes And whispered, "Peace Be Thine." The weary hours and days of pain, The sleepless nights are passed The ever patient worn-out frame, Has found sweet rest at last. God saw that you were getting weary So HE did what HE knows best. He came and stood beside you And whispered "Come and Rest" You bid no one a last farewell, Not even a good-bye. You were gone before we knew it. Now with our LORD you abide.

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