Dorothy Fife Franklin (affectionately known as Dottie) went to be with the Lord on Feb. 12, 2018, in Ingram, Texas, at home while surrounded by loving family.
A celebration of life will be held at Sunrise Baptist Church on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 3 PM.
Dottie was born September 19, 1932 in Seminole, Oklahoma, to J.L. and Dorothy West Fife. She was an inspirational, energetic, and devout Christian who touched many lives as a wife, mother, businesswoman, and volunteer.
Her father was a successful entrepreneur and mayor of Seminole, where she was raised with her twin sister, Jean F. Austin. Dottie attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she met her lifelong partner and husband, Quentin Inks Franklin. They were married in Seminole on December 22, 1952, and when Inks was commissioned in the US Marine Corp, they began building a life and family in Quantico, Virginia; Pensacola, Florida; Kingsville, Texas, and Kaneohe, Hawaii.
After the Marine Corp, Dottie and Inks in 1963 moved their family to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where they lived for 35 years. They retired to Ingram, Tx in
Dottie engaged life with joy and vigor, and she accomplished much. She was a woman of unerring fashion and style, a skilled decorator, accomplished cook, and enthusiastic bridge player.
While stationed in Quantico, she was employed at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. She was a dedicated homemaker and raised three children: Quentin II, Ashley, and Gordon, her youngest who died of cancer in December 2008.
These years are adorned by a lifetime of adventure, devotion, and volunteer service. With young children in Hawaii, she was active in Women's Missionary Union and Youth Activities, including VBS, Girls Auxiliary, and driving the church van across the Pali to the Hawaii Baptist Academy.
In 1965, Inks piloted the family in a private plane to the New York World's Fair. When foul weather intercepted the adventure, the family persevered and finished the trip via train, bus, and taxi.
As avid Sooners, Dottie and Inks attended many football games. They traveled extensively and Dottie maintained a map of the world with stickpins in Italy, France, England, Australia, Belgium, The Netherlands, Israel, Egypt, Greece, Alaska, and China. A spiritual highlight was a tour of the Holy Land led by their Oklahoma City pastor.
In Oklahoma City Dottie was the Director of Volunteers, for many years, at Doctor's General Hospital. Dottie was also involved in civic and church activities-Cub Scout leader, Camp Fire Girls leader, Oklahoma Hospitality Club President, Baptist Hospital volunteer, and Director of Acteen's for Oklahoma County. She was employed for over a decade on the Staff of the Oklahoma State Senate.
In the Hill Country, Dottie participated in the Humane Society Pet Therapy program, taking her much loved Dachshunds to area nursing homes. The dogs also joined her at elementary schools to support the K9 Literacy Program. She was an active member of the Christian Women's Club for 14 years and was instrumental in creating the club's popular ''Doggie Fashion Show.'' Dottie was also member of Scots of the Hill Country, and AAUW.
Dottie is survived by her husband, Quentin Inks Franklin, to whom she was married for 65 years. She is also survived by her twin sister Jean F. Austin; two children: Quentin Inks Franklin II, and Ashley Jean Slaton; three grandsons: Quentin Inks Franklin III, Michael Ellis Franklin, and Preston Steele Hunter; and three great grandchildren: Quentin Inks Franklin IV, Roselynn Jane Franklin, and Merritt Esme' Franklin; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and spouses.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kerrville Funeral Home. (830) 895-5111.
A Celebration of Life
Sunrise Baptist Church
Kerrville, TX 78028
Saturday, February 24, 2018
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