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Sharon Franklin

DIXON — Sharon K. Franklin, 71, of Dixon passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at her home after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Sharon was born April 22, 1946, in Princeton, the daughter of William and Freida (Hollaway) Anderson. She married William “Bill” Franklin on Oct. 19, 1974, in Princeton.

A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Social Work, Sharon had a love for helping people. Her ultimate love was helping children. Sharon was a child welfare specialist for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois until she retired in 2011. She was truly an advocate for children and nurtured and helped to counsel many throughout her years.

When Sharon was not helping children, she loved spending time and traveling with her husband. Sharon and Bill traveled every year for their anniversary to see the lighthouses along the Atlantic, Gulf Coast and Great Lakes. She flew for the very first time on their 25th wedding anniversary to Cape Cod, and Bill was truly the love of her life.

Sharon was a fantastic mother and grandmother. She loved to take her granddaughters shopping any chance she got, and she loved buying gifts for others. She grew up on a farm, and throughout life, she never lost the ethics and morals that she was taught.

A true Chicago Bears and Cubs fan, Sharon loved to watch games. She was a collector of lighthouses, Santa’s and Faberge eggs. She was very intelligent, and she could often be found playing math games to keep her mind healthy. She also enjoyed handheld games, and loved to watch the Game Show Network.

Sharon will truly be missed by all those that knew her.

Surviving is her husband, Bill; one son, Michael W. Franklin of Winnebago; one daughter-in-law, Michole L. Franklin of Winnebago; two granddaughters, Gwendolyn and Alexandria Franklin of Winnebago; one niece, Sally (Anderson) Retz of Overland Park, Kan.; two nephews, Eric and Brian Davenport, both of Paducah, Ky.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Davis Anderson.

A visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 10, from noon until the time of service. A Celebration of Life will be held immediately following the visitation at 1 p.m. at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 1121 N. Galena Ave. in Dixon. Burial will be in Prairie Repose Cemetery in Dover.

Memorial contributions may be made in Sharon’s honor to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.

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