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Dorothy T. Franklin


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Dorothy T. Franklin Obituary
March 28, 1930 - January 21, 2016 Dorothy Louise (Thomas) Franklin was born on March 28th 1930. A native Californian, she graduated from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, where she held many school offices. She helped to form a girls club, The Taffies, and made friendships that lasted the rest of her life. One of her great joys throughout her life was getting together each year for lunch with that same group at various locations. At one meeting in San Francisco someone remarked, "You ladies are having such a good time, it's a shame we can't all join you." (Several of the Taffies still stay in touch with each other, though sadly, the list has narrowed considerably). Dorothy attended UCLA briefly before quitting college to marry her husband, Lynn Franklin in 1949. They bought a home in Northridge where their two sons were born. Dorothy worked at California State University Northridge for 22 years. Then the Franklins retired to Balboa Island and built their present home. On Balboa they engaged wholeheartedly in a political and social life, forming lifelong friendships. Dorothy joined nearby Sherman Gardens as an active worker and docent, educating children and the public about botany. She participated there for more than 20 years and held the office of head docent several times. A talented and prolific seamstress, knitter, and quilter since childhood she often worked on fundraisers for the Gardens. She studied and became an accomplished Chinese brush- artist under the guidance of renowned artist "'Ning." The Franklins traveled to China with a group sponsored by her teacher. In later years, Dorothy's focus shifted as her family grew. The Franklins were married 66 years and were visited often by their children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren whom they entertained with affection and gusto. Dorothy passed away at age 85 on January 21, 2016 after a long, valiant bout of several years with cancer. Consider her life a blessing. She is survived by her husband, Lynn, a sister, Carolyne, two sons, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28, 2016
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