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Mildred Franklin, 86, of Big Spring, a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a friend to many, died peacefully June 15, 2013, at her residence at the Marcy House. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with Don Brodie officiating. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. at the Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock, Texas.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at the funeral home.
Mildred thoroughly enjoyed a good laugh and a good story. She said many times, â€śLife is too short not to laugh and have fun.â€ť Family and friends were Mildredâ€™s passion and delight. Because she dedicated her life to helping others, she was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award that was presented to her by her nephew, Virgil Barber. This award recognized the many hours and years that she dedicated to serving those that needed to be driven from Big Spring to Midland to receive cancer treatments.
Also, she used her love for baking by making more than 1,500 loaves of bread and many pounds of peanut brittle. She sold these to support the Relay for Life and gave much away as a token of thanks. Her love for cooking was spread around for all to love and enjoy.
In 1945, Mildred married Jim Franklin and moved to Lenorah, Texas, where they invested their time in farming, traveling and community events. Mildred was a housewife who devoted herself to her family, friends and those in need of help. In 1989, they moved to Big Spring and built a new home.
Mildred attended First Baptist Church, where she will leave behind lifelong Christian friends.
She was a loving mother of three; Mary (Tim) Cain, Larry (Lucretia) Franklin, and Linda (Rick) Barnett. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Bridget (Cain) Triepke, Chance Cain, Lewis Franklin, Renee Bingham and Richard Barnett. She also leaves behind numerous other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Franklin; her parents, Ed and Mary Heath; one sister, Fay Fritts; and one brother, Gene Heath.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Big Spring Relay For Life, c/o Sandy Griffin, 1217 East 17th, Big Spring, Texas 79720.
Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com