HERMISTON - Edna Leona Carolyna Dockweiler Franklin, 91, of Hermiston died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hermiston. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande.
Mrs. Franklin was born Nov. 12, 1916, in Perry to Jergen Heinrick and Catherina Gerhardina Margarithe Gerdes Dockweiler. She attended schools in La Grande and Baker City, graduating with honors from Baker High School at age 16 in 1932. She married Thomas Jefferson Franklin in 1934.
She was known as an extraordinary seamstress and excellent cook. After her husband's death in 1979, she devoted herself to her children and grandchildren.
She enjoyed reading, especially the Bible, until macular degeneration robbed her of her sight. She joined the Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies' Auxiliary in 1974, and also belonged to the Supreme Emblem Club #215. She was a 50-year member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hermiston.
Mrs. Franklin is survived by daughters Jeannie Niederer of Pahrump, Nev., Betty Stickney of Hermiston, Barbara Levy of Echo and Karen Fowler of Hermiston; son Timothy Franklin of Pawnee, Ill.; sister Anna Dockweiler Smith of Medford; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas; son Sonny; her parents; and nine siblings.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vange John Memorial Hospice or Trinity Evangelical Church.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.