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Esther M. Franklin

October 9, 1914 December 20, 2006
Esther M. Franklin
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Obituary for Esther M. Franklin

Esther M. Franklin, 92, of Vinton, Iowa, died Wednesday, December 20, 2006, at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton following a brief illness. A memorial service will be held 11 AM Saturday, December 23, 2006, at the Russell Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Blair officiating.  Inurnment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Shellsburg.Esther was born October 9, 1914, in Wells, Minnesota, the daughter of Burton and Edith Gifford Baum. She was a lifelong resident of the Vinton area and graduated from Vinton High School in 1932. She married John N. Franklin on August 24, 1932, in Dixon, Illinois. He preceded her in death on August 3, 1973. She worked as a homemaker. Esther is survived by three sons: Wayne Franklin of Grand Island, NE; John "Jack" Franklin and his wife Eleanor of Sidney, MT; and Vaughn Franklin of Vinton; one daughter, Carol Lutz and her husband Robert of Vinton; 6 grandchildren: Randy Franklin and his wife Deb and Tami Franklin, all of Grand Island, NE; Ronald Lutz and his wife Deb of Vinton; Lisa Lutz of Brandon, IA; Greg Franklin and his wife Heather of Othello, WA; and Brad Franklin and his wife Nicole of Sidney, MT; 6 great-grandchildren: Dani, Ashley, Beau, Alexis, Brooke and Jaxson Franklin; and one step-great-grandson, Tanner Speidel. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; 2 brothers; one daughter-in-law; and one grandson. A memorial fund has been established.

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