Anna M. Franklin, 77, of Grisham, Ore., and formerly of the Merrill and Hinton areas, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at her residence in Oregon.
Anna Marie Mueller was born Dec. 2, 1925, in Hinton, the daughter of August and Emma (Luettke) Mueller. She was raised and educated in the Hinton and Merrill area. On Feb. 28, 1944, Anna and Emerson Franklin were united in marriage. During World War II, Anna worked in Portland, Ore., in the shipyards on Liberty Ships as a welder. In 1963, the couple moved to Colorado and to Gresham, Ore., in 1969.
Anna's true love was that of a mother and homemaker. She was an avid quilter, seamstress and did all varieties of needlework. A "farmer to the end," she raised chickens and steers.
Anna was also active at Trinity Lutheran Church where she made cakes and decorated them for their monthly potluck activities.
Survivors include her husband, Emerson of Gresham, Ore.; a son, Darrell E. Franklin of Bonanza, Ore.; daughters, Shirley A. Thompkins of Frederick, Colo., Sue Shields of Vancouver, Wash., Nancy J. Riley of Parker, Colo., Bonnie Charron of West Haven, Conn., and Patsy L. Franklin of Denver, Colo.; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and a brother August C. Mueller of Troutdale, Ore.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Darlene N. Franklin; a grandchild; and a brother, John W. Mueller.
Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars. The Rev. Dr. Klaus Raab of St. John Lutheran Church in Merrill will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will take place one hour prior to funeral services on Wednesday.