Ola Mae (White) FRANKLIN

FRANKLIN, Ola Mae (White)

Ola Mae (White) Franklin, 89, of Roswell, GA and Stuart, FL and formally of Cromwell, Ridgefield and Stamford, passed away peacefully at home on April 26, 2013 with her family by her side. Mae was born on the White family farm in Monroe, TN. She earned a degree in Home Economics from Tennessee Technological University and was the first in her family to earn a college degree. Mae was proud to be a member of the DAR 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 and met the love of her life, Bruce Franklin, when he was home on leave from the Navy. In addition to raising their three children, Mae managed 10 moves as Bruce climbed the corporate ladder. She was active in Presbyterian women organizations, including as President of the Presbyterian women of New England and worked as a high school teacher and 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. In addition to her husband, Bruce, Mae is survived by her three children, Bruce Franklin, Jr. and his wife Sharon of Rochester, MN, Catherine Intravia and her husband Jim of South Windsor, and Jeanne Patterson and her husband Bob of Roswell, GA; her grandchildren, Alissa Movern and her husband Matt, John Frankin, Lauren Intravia, Jessica Intravia, Chris Patterson, Michael Patterson, and Leah Patterson 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 Ermine and Vella, her brothers, Carson, Eugene and Kuell, and her sister Wilma.
A Memorial Service will be held at Madisonville Presbyterian Church, Madisonville, TN with her brother-in-law, Reverend McCoy Franklin officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Madisonville Presbyterian Church, 201 Main St., Madisonville, TN 37354 or the Daughters of the American Revolution in her memory (www.dar.org/giving_site/give_now).

Published in The Hartford Courant on May 5, 2013