Ruth Marie Franklin

Ruth Marie Franklin

January 8, 1921 — August 16, 2018

Ruth Marie Franklin passed away Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at the age of 97. She was born Jan. 8, 1921, in Los Angeles, California, to Clara (Harper) and Ernest Ekstrand. Ruth attended school and graduated in 1939 from South Gate High, South Gate, California, and attended business school in 1940. She worked as a butcherette in Long Beach. In 1953 she moved to Austin, Texas, and worked for the Cash and Carry Grocery, the Army, and Texas Legislature in the Enrolling and Engrossing Department. Ruth then moved to Marble Falls in 1954 and worked for Barnett Chevrolet Co. delivering cars. She was known as “Sam the traveling woman.” Next, she worked at Giesecke Grocery on Main Street and then the 281 location. Next she worked at Mathis Air Conditioning in the office of the purchasing agent. Then Ruth worked at Granite Mountain Hunting Cabin. In May 1961, Wade Cunningham introduced her to Skinny Childers and he gave her a job at Pure Stone/J.M. Huber.

Ruth moved to Llano, Texas, in 1966 and married Walter Franklin Oct. 30, 1966, in San Antonio. She then retired from J.M. Huber in 1979. She spent the next 17 years traveling with the “Holiday Rambler Group” and traveled to England five times to visit with Walter’s relatives. She also took numerous trips to South America, Canada, Scotland, Wales and Alaska. Ruth enjoyed many parties with close friends and family, traveling, and collecting doll houses and miniatures.

Ruth is survived by a daughter and grandchildren, Lynnette Jayne, Kevin Collier, and Lori Collier; great grandchildren, Ashlea Harnden, Lauren Bowen, Kyle Collier, Raquel Christal, Lexi Evans, and Launa Evans; and six great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by twin brothers, James and John Ekstrand; as well as Frank Franklin; Jennifer Franklin Oritz; Oliver Franklin; Georgia Franklin; family friends Patsy and Ed Irving; Mary and Richard Miller; Cathy McCoy; and her loving caregivers Lin and JE Todd, Carol McDonald and Rebecca Waechter; and a host of many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Walter Franklin; parents Clara and Ernest Ekstrand; and sister Ethyl Evans.

Visitation was held Sunday, Aug. 19, at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel, Llano, Texas. Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 20, at Walnut Methodist Church on Ranch to Market Road 3347 with the Rev. Grady Roe officiating. A time of fellowship followed the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Falls of the Colorado Museum, Marble Falls, TX 78654.

Funeral arrangements made under direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes Inc., Llano. E-mail condolences may be sent to

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