Helen V. Sier Franklin, 97, of Westminster, died Monday, March 31, 2014, at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster.
Born Sept. 1, 1916, in Plane 4, Frederick, she was the daughter of the late John Romain Sier and Janie Burke Sier.
She was a resident of Copper Ridge in Sykesville for five years. She attended Frederick County Public Schools, a one-room school house located on the family farm, where she completed the elementary course of studies in June 1928. Then she went on to Mount Airy High School, where she completed a commercial course of studies in June 1932.
After graduation she married James A. Franklin. Following her divorce she became employed as a seamstress for Frederick Tailoring Co. for 25 years. She advanced to a managerial position there. They closed and she retired in 1973. For the next five years she worked at Goulds in Westminster.
In 1978 she began a second career of volunteerism and public service for the next 31 years. She was a board member and officer of many organizations including Westminster Senior Citizens Club, serving as treasurer; New Windsor Senior Citizens club, serving as secretary and president; American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Carroll County Chapter, serving as membership chairwoman, and assistant treasurer and assistant escort for bus trips; New Windsor Ladies Auxiliary; Super Sixties of the Church of the Open Door; and Carroll County Hospital Auxiliary, serving as treasurer.
She volunteered at Carroll Hospital Center at the information desk for more than 30 years, logging more than 15,000 hours. In 1991 she was inducted into AARP's Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame for her volunteerism. In 1997 she was named Maryland's Most Beautiful Person for Carroll County, again for her volunteer work. She was chosen from 25 nominees.
As a young child she attended Marvin Chapel Church in Plane 4 Frederick County, where she was baptized. In 1931, her family moved to Franklinville and she became a member of Taylorsville United Methodist Church. She attended Sunday school and church regularly, studied the Bible on a daily basis and took part in many of the church's programs. She was the organist of the church for many years. In later years she attended the Church of the Open Door in Westminster, where she became involved in many of the ministries. She liked to travel, having visited every state in the U.S. at least once.
Surviving are daughter Betty Franklin Fowler and husband Robert, of Westminster; sons Robert Eugene "Bob" Franklin and wife Sharon Wright, of Mount Airy, and James William "Bill" Franklin and wife Sonia Hottinger, of Crofton; sister Kathryn Isabelle Sier Vollmer and husband Paul, of Dunnellen, Fla.; grandchildren and spouses Robert Jeffrey and Lisa Franklin, of Columbus, Ohio, Sheri Lynn Franklin and Gary Maring, Michael Ralph and Shawn Franklin, and Christopher Todd and Christina Franklin, all of Woodbine, Jay William and Kara Franklin, of Crofton, and Kellye Lynn Franklin and Rick Anderson, of Sykesville; 12 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by friend and travel companion Algie D. King; and sisters Edna Mae Sier Shipley and Pauline Virginia Sier Burdette.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday; and from 10 a.m. until the time of service, 11 a.m. Monday at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home & Crematory, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield. Interment will be in Taylorsville Cemetery in Taylorsville.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Copper Ridge or Copper Ridge Institute, 710 Obrecht Road, Sykesville, MD 21784-7650.
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