Mrs. Marion “Doreen” Franklin, age 96, formerly of Whitesburg, Georgia, and then residing in Carrollton, Georgia, died Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

Doreen was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, on September 2, 1921, the daughter of Ernest Burt Peters and Laura Emmeline Ostrander Peters. She became a citizen of the United States on September 13, 1933.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Fred “Frank” Franklin; son, Jimmy Franklin; brother, Howard Ronson Peters; sisters, Lemma Peters Downing and Paula Evette Peters; her parents, Ernest Burt Peters and Laura Emmeline Ostrander Peters; and son-in-law, Michael Owen “Mo” Harper.

Doreen was a Godly wife and mother to her husband and children. She was a homemaker. She spent her life raising her children and many children besides her own, and enjoyed nothing better than being a mother. She was an avid reader and loved traveling the world. She made friends in many countries whom she kept in touch with throughout her lifetime. Until her health declined, Doreen was an active member and the eldest member of Grace Baptist Church in Whitesburg, Georgia.

Survivors include her children, Angela Franklin of Whitesburg, Georgia, James and Carolyn Dortch of Whitesburg, Georgia, Bill and Jody Adkison of Dacula, Georgia, Laura and Marshall Brown of Carrollton, Georgia, Tommy and Cindy Leimenstol of Douglasville, Georgia, and Bruce and Connie Harper Wheeler of Mineral Bluff, Georgia; her sister, Coral Paul of Ellenwood, Georgia; and sister-in-law, Anne Speer of Columbus, Georgia; grandchildren, John Fair, Tina and Jeff Reid, Billy and Emily Adkison, Clint and Ashley Brown, Megan Brown, Morgan and Ryan Hulsey, Kaci and Nathan Shapiro, Tia and Teddy Hollis, Matthew and Jeremi Harper, Jake and Jessica Harper Parsons; great-grandchildren, Luke Reid, Grace Reid, Journey Adkison, Messenger Adkison, Liam Adkison, Josie Adkison, Tucker Brown, Charlee Hollis, Dean Hollis, Owen Hollis, Adelaide Parsons, and Owen Parsons (due to be born in May 2018); great-great-grandchild, Jace Alan Cain.

There will be a visitation for family and friends at Grace Baptist Church, 863 Little New York Road, Whitesburg, Georgia, on Friday, January 19, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A graveside service will be Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the Garden of Resurrection at Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia, with Dr. Jimmy Lester officiating.

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