Ola Mae (White) Franklin, 89, of Roswell, Ga.
and Stuart, Fla. And formerly of Cromwell, Ridgefield and Stamford, Conn., passed away peacefully
at home on Friday, April 26 with her family by her side. A memorial service will be held at
Madisonville Presbyterian Church, on Saturday, May 4, at 2:30 p.m. with her
brother-in-law, Rev. McCoy Franklin
officiating. The Madisonville church was the church of the Reverend's father and Mae's
father-in-law, Rev. C. McCoy Franklin, until his death.
Burial will follow at Haven Hill Memorial
Gardens which is located on land that was a portion of the Franklin family farm in Madisonville.
Mae was born on the White family farm in
Monroe, Tenn. to Ermine and Vella White in 1923. She attended local schools and went to high school
at Livingston Academy. During World War II, she worked in Detroit for the war effort. After the
war, she went on to earn a degree in Home Economics from Tennessee Technological University. She
was the first in her family to earn a college degree.
Mae was proud to be a member of the Daughters
of the American Revolution and a direct descendant of General John Sevier, the first governor of
Tennessee, and his wife, Bonny Kate. After college, she moved to Madisonville to work as the County
Home Agent. There she met the love of her life, Bruce Franklin, when he was home on leave
from the Navy.
In 1951, Mae and Bruce married and started
their life together in San Diego. They spent their honeymoon in Honolulu, where Bruce was stationed
for three months and returned with their family for their 50th wedding anniversary. In addition to
raising their three children, Mae managed 10 moves from California, to Texas, back to California,
back to Texas, to West Virginia, to Connecticut, to Indiana, back to Connecticut, to Florida and
finally to Georgia. She was active in Presbyterian Women organizations in all of these states
and in 1982 was president of the Presbyterian Women of New England.
At the time of her death, she was a member of
Northminster Presbyterian Church in Roswell, Ga. She also worked as a high school home economics
teacher and a tutor for at-risk students. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed cooking
fabulous meals, planning wonderful family vacations and spending quality time with her children
and grandchildren. She was the matriarch of the family and a friend to many.
She will be deeply missed by all who loved
In addition to her husband, Bruce, Mae is
survived by her three children: Bruce Franklin Jr. and his wife, Sharon of Rochester, Minn.;
Catherine Intravia and her husband, Jim of South Windsor, Conn.; and Jeanne Patterson and her
husband, Bob of Roswell, Ga.;
Grandchildren-Alissa Movern and her husband,
Matt, John Frankin, Lauren Intravia, Jessica Intravia, Chris Patterson, Michael Patterson and Leah
As well as her dearly loved brothers-in-law
and sisters-in-law and her many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, her
brothers, Carson, Eugene and
Kuell and her sister Wilma.
The family wishes to express their sincere
thanks to her nurse, Latrice Johnson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daughters of
the American Revolution in her memory.