Josephine “Jody” Franklin, 71, died unexpectedly at her home in the early hours of Monday, March 1, 1999 in Peterborough.
Mrs. Franklin was born October 11, 1927 in Eliot, Maine, the daughter of Agnes (Tobin) and Dorrance Day.
She lived in China as a young girl and received her early education there before moving to California. She moved from California to Peterborough in 1945.
Jody was a member of the Unitarian Church of Peterborough and its Minister’s Advisory Group and Women’s Alliance. She had been a member of this congregation since shortly after coming to Peterborough in 1948, and as such, was one of its longest standing members. She was certainly amongst the congregation’s most faithful attenders, and had been in church as usual just the day before her death.
She was an avid supporter of the Peterborough Players and a charter member of In the Wings, its volunteer support group. Jody was also a member of the Peterborough Historical Society, the former Monadnock Community Theatre Guild, and a volunteer at the Monadnock Hospital Gift Shop. And Jody was a wonderful cook.
Family members include her husband of forty two years, Henry H. Franklin of Peterborough; a son, Charles Tobin Vaughan of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo; two daughters, Catherine Vaughan of New York City, and Sarah Stowe Franklin of New Haven, Connecticut; a stepson, John H. Franklin of Peterborough; a stepdaughter, Susan (Franklin) Oropallo of Peterborough; a sister, Diane Day of Austin, Texas; a brother, James P. Day of Newport News, Virginia; nine step-grandchildren; and thirteen step-great-grandchildren.
There were no calling hours.
The funeral was held Thursday, March 4, 1999, at 2 p.m. at the Peterborough Unitarian Church, Main Street, Peterborough, New Hampshire. The Reverend David Usher, Pastor, officiated. The service was conducted in the Sanctuary with a large congregation in attendance. The Women’s Alliance provided refreshments following.
In lieu of flowers, contributions were to be made to a charity of one’s choice.