BROOKLET -– Ouida Ingram Franklin died May 14, 2014, in Brooklet, Georgia, at the age of 91. Born Ouida Elizabeth Wyatt on September 5, 1922, to Julian Hobson and Thelma Wyatt, she was a native and lifelong resident of Bulloch County. She graduated from Brooklet High School, attended the University of Georgia and graduated with a bachelor's degree from Georgia Teachers College, now Georgia Southern University. She taught business subjects at Brooklet High School for several years in the 1940s.
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She enjoyed bridge-playing, needlepoint, music and travel. An accomplished soprano, for many years she sang at weddings and funerals in southeastern Georgia. She traveled extensively throughout the United States and in Europe, the latter on many trips with her daughters. She was an active member of Pittman Park United Methodist Church in Statesboro for decades, where she was program chair of the Marie Wood Women's Circle.
Known for her sense of humor and charm, Ouida was an able hostess who loved to entertain at dinner parties and luncheons. She had a genuine warmth and a way of putting all who met her at ease. She was also a great conversationalist, smart and well-informed and able to talk animatedly about many subjects. Ouida was kind-hearted and cheerful, even in her advanced years, and was always a generous, thoughtful and loyal friend.
She is predeceased by her husband of 35 years, Joe Ingram, who died in 1978; her husband of 26 years, William Franklin, who passed away in 2006; and by her sister, Juanita Wyatt Clifton, who died in 2011.
She is survived by her three daughters, Sherry Ingram of Savannah, Rebecca Dinsmore (Chuck) of Hendersonville, N.C., and Debbie Ingram of Williston, Vermont; grandchildren, Andrea Metzke and Scott Dinsmore of Hendersonville, N.C., stepchildren, Donna Johnson of Decatur, Mandy Franklin of Statesboro, Caroline Montgomery (Rick) of Augusta and Joe Franklin (Debbi) of Statesboro; 10 step-grandchildren and 14 step-great-grandchildren and nieces, Linda Whitman (Larry) of Hinesville and Sandy Bigwood (Tom) of Brooklet. She also leaves behind her trusted care giver of many years, Connie Glick; companions and care givers, Connie Mathis and Nancy Ward; and her beloved surrogate grandchildren from Bangladesh, Joanna Haq (George), Susan D'Costa (Victor) and Anne Wraight (Scott) of Atlanta, with whom she became close while they were obtaining their degrees from Georgia Southern University.
Visitation will take place at Hodges-Moore Funeral Home in Statesboro on Friday, May 16, from 5-7 p.m.
The funeral will be held in the chapel at Hodges-Moore Funeral Home on Saturday, May 17, at 10:30 am. Burial will be in Brooklet Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at home in Brooklet at 202 Parker Avenue North after services.
Statesboro Herald, May 15, 2014
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Published in Statesboro Herald from May 15 to May 22, 2014