Ethel Irene Franklin, 78, daughter of Willis Bryant Stewart and Ruth Mae Umfleet Stewart, was born Aug. 4, 1926, at Indian Creek at Poplar Bluff. She died April 2, 2005, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston.She married Thomas Andy Franklin Dec. 24, 1947. They had 12 children.Mrs. Franklin lived in the Eunice area as long as her health permitted. She loved the outdoors and liked to walk in the evenings and enjoy the flowers.She attended the Bethel Community Church.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; one brother, George Stewart; one sister, Hazel Franklin; several infant brothers and sisters; and two great-grandchildren.Surviving are her children, Beverly Flowers of Willow Springs, Thomas Franklin of Eunice, Jim Franklin, Pauline Gum, Leslie Franklin, Susie Twyford, Roger Franklin and Sarah Smith of Houston, Mabel Richards of Springfield, Clancy Franklin of Summersville, Mary Birdsong of Linden, Texas, and Larry Franklin of Shipman, Ill.; two brothers, Robert Stewart of Meadowbrook, Ill., and Willis Stewart of Bethalto, Ill.; two sisters, Katie Nieff of Indiana and Ruby Dilinger of Doniphan; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Services were April 5 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Steve Steelman officiating. Burial was in the Union Chapel Cemetery. “

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