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Shirley Franklin

Lynn, Massachusetts

1938 - 2020


September 26, 2020
Lynn, Massachusetts


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Goodrich Funeral Home - Lynn Obituary

Shirley Gail (Thomas) Franklin, a loving mother, grandmother and friend, passed away Saturday morning September 26, 2020 after a lengthy illness.

She was the youngest of six sisters born to the late Arthur and Nellie Thomas December 3, 1938. 

She was employed as a custodian at Cobett Jr. High School and studied for and took the police exam.  She was third in the police academy out of 150 and was the first African American woman police officer for the Lynn Police Department.

One her greatest accomplishments was being a foster mother to many.  Shirley was also voted Mother of The Year in 1974.  She was hard but very fair, and a hard worker who paved the way for many.  She loved children, animals and traveling.  

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Benjamin Franklin, her sisters: Evelyn Randolph, Margaret Clements, Esther Fowler, June Brown, Elizabeth Thomas and Mary Fairhurst.

She is survived by her family, her son James Franklin of Lynn, daughter Nelloue Franklin of Lynn, Grandson Keron Franklin of Lynn, son Kevin Franklin and wife Linnette of Houston, TX, daughter Tracey and husband Earl Wilson,  5 more grandchildren, Earl Wilson III, Tahlia Wilson, Terrence Wilson, Khristian Hudnall, Nelvani Franklin, 6 Great grandchildren, Jaylen Wilson, Daniel Coburn Jr., Keron Franklin Jr., Izaya Franklin, Mason Franklin, Serenity Franklin and a host of nieces, nephews and extended Family and friends.

Her funeral service will be held in the Goodrich Funeral Home, 128 Washington Street, Lynn on Wednesday at 11:00 followed by burial in Pine Grove Cemetery.  Visitation is Tuesday, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. 


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I wish the Franklin family well during this
most difficult time. May God bless you all always.

Very sorry to hear about Shirley. I had the pleasure of working with her for many years at the LPD. Shirley was someone you could always count on to be calm and collected with a friendly smile. She had a wonderful ability to relate to everyone and you could not help but like her. Someone who always seemed to help make a bad day just a little bit better. An excellent officer. May she rest in peace.

So sorry to hear about Shirley's passing. I worked with Shirley at the Lynn Police Department and never saw her without a smile. She always had a pleasant, calm, and compassionate way about her. May she rest in peace.

Rest in Heavenly Peace Aunt Shirley,you were beautiful in and out.
Tom/Joy and Family

Rest well Mrs. Franklin. You were always so kind and patient. Some of my favorite childhood memories are from being in your home, and feeling your warmth and nurturing spirit. God bless your soul. ❤

Was so beautiful - I remember being in elementary school and her getting on the police department - My husband and so many loved her - My love to the family yesterday, today and Always ❤

Shirley was a beautiful lady inside and out gone but not forgotten always in our hearts