Ellen J. Franklin, 90, a lifelong resident of Standing Stone, PA, passed away Sunday afternoon, Aug. 24, 2014 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born in Standing Stone Township on June 3, 1924, she was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin, Sr. and Pauline Sherman Franklin.
She was a graduate of Towanda High School and in early years was employed by the W.T. Grant Store in Towanda. Ellen served as treasurer for the Towanda Printing Company under the administration of David Turner for many years until her retirement. During her retirement years, Ellen worked part-time at her nephew Timothy B. Franklin’s insurance office in Wysox.
Ellen was a member of the Standing Stone United Methodist Church where she served as treasurer for many years and was a member of the United Methodist Women, Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 76, Towanda, and the George Clymer Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Faith, family and community were most important in Ellen’s life. She possessed exceptional love, concern and dedication to her nieces and nephews. They loved her very much and will miss her.
She is survived by her sisterin law, Shirley G. Franklin of Allis Hollow; nieces, Sue Franklin Brock (Fred) of Bradenton, FL, Sandra Franklin of Pottstown, Rebecca Franklin Hauser (Leland) of Wysox, Judy Franklin (Matthew) of Amherst, MA, Julia Franklin Houser (Gordon) of Merritt Island, FL, Linda Driscoll Janci (Jim) of Bridgewater, NJ; nephews, Timothy Franklin (Noknoi) of Wysox, Victor Franklin of Wysox, Keith Driscoll (LuAnn) of Cornelius, NC; several greatnieces, great-nephews and cousins, and a special cousin, Marilyn Johnson of Terrytown.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Vivian A. Franklin on Jan. 18, 1963; sister and brotherin law, A. Kay Driscoll on Jan. 24, 2010 and Gene H. Driscoll on Jan. 24, 2003; brother, E. Dean Franklin on May 29, 1979; brother and sister-in-law, Benjamin Franklin, Jr. on Dec. 17, 2003 and Donna E. Jones Franklin on May 16, 1989.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with Rev. William Westbrook, her pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the Standing Stone Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Standing Stone United Methodist Church, Kathy Camp, Treasurer, 3264 River Road, Wysox, PA 18854 or to the George Clymer Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, c/o Phyllis Patten, Treasurer, 10 William St., Towanda, PA 18848 in Ellen’s memory.
Memories and condolences may be expressed by visiting www.bowenfuneralhomes.com.