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Irene E. Franklin

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Irene E. Franklin Irene E. Franklin, 79, of Austin, passed away on November 12 in an Austin Hospital. Irene was born on January 25, 1928 in Austin to parents Raymond Patterson and Eula Josephine Matthews. She had retired from the University of Texas as a PBX Operator. Irene had a special kindness, found something special in everyone she encountered, and loved everyone she met. She had a fantastic sense of humor and brought smiles to all she knew. Irene was an accomplished musician and was a pioneer of country and gospel music in Austin and nationwide. Her love of music and talent inspired many of her family and friends to continue in her legacy. She will be missed by so many. Irene was welcomed at Heaven's gates by her dear grandson Keith Harris. She was also preceded in death by her parents, son Lawrence Franklin, brother James Patterson, and sister Gladys Haynes. Irene is survived by her daughters, Shirley Walsh of Austin, Linda Tabor of Austin and Janet Lynn Wilson and husband Brent of Hendersonville, TN; grandchildren, Lisa Harris, Kim Rodgers, Mickey Glona, Pennie Hausmann, Denise Tucker, Buffy Medrano and Wayne Franklin. She is also survived by 12 great- grandchildren and three great- great-grandchildren. The family will receive visitors from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home in Austin. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday at Cook- Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. The Rev. Roger Luther will officiate. Committal services and interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Austin. The family has created a website in memory of Irene at www.MeM.com Visitors to the site may view photos and tributes as well as sign the online guestbook and leave voice greetings.. http://www.mem.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 15, 2007
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