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Jean Harlow Franklin, 73, of Spotsylvania County passed away on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mrs. Franklin was born in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and raised in Hopewell. She was a member of Broadway Baptist Church for 18 years, where she served as an organist. She moved to Fredericksburg in 1958.
She met her husband, a lieutenant in the Marine Corp, on a blind date in 1971 and they were married July 8, 1972. They embarked on an odyssey that lasted 42 years. She was owner and operator of Castle Park Day School and Swim Club from 1980 to 1988, at the time the ninth largest facility in the state. She also was president of Castle Builders of Fredericksburg in the early 2000's, a firm building hundreds of new homes for local residents.
Her crowning achievement, however, was that she was the matriarch of the Franklin family, cherished, adored, loved and was sought out for counsel by all, providing all that was needed, when it was needed no matter what. She was the guiding light, and heart and soul of this family. A great treasure has been swept away and lost forever.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Andrew "Stoney" Jackson Franklin Jr.; children Claudia Landry and her husband, Don Landry, Rhonda Gibson, James Franklin, Amy Franklin-Madison and her husband, Charles Madison; sister Margaret Farquhar; brother-in-law and sister-in law John and Trisha Stallard; grandchildren Jessica Buhmann, Justin Smith, Jillian Gibson, Amanda Smith, Chelsea Franklin, Brandon Franklin, Abigayle Franklin and Ainsley Madison; and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars, 406 W 34th St., Suite 514, Kansas City, MO 64111.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralser