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Mary Elizabeth, nee Riley, Franklin, 88 of Marissa, IL passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015 in Sparta, IL She was born April 5, 1927 the daughter of Boyd and Bessie, nee Wright, Riley of Jonesboro, Missouri. She married Floyd H. Franklin on December 30, 1944 in Nashville, Illinois. They were married 70 years. Mary was a homemaker, mother to twin sons, Gary Floyd and Jerry Lloyd Franklin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter-in-law, Marjorie Franklin; one grandson, Michael Floyd Franklin; two great grandchildren, brothers Zakkary Jerome and Noah Michael Franklin; three brothers, Roy, John, and David Riley and four sisters, Pearl Smith, Gladys Purdy, Bessie Russo, and Evelyn Pedigo.

She is survived by her husband Floyd; sons Gary Franklin and Jerry (Fredricka) Franklin, all of Marissa and special friend Barbara Franklin of Tilden; two granddaughters, Amy, (Doug) Eggemeyer of Belleville and Julie (Greg) Stellhorn of Baldwin; eight great grandchildren, Keith Voogd of Plansfield, IL, Alex, Matt, Josh, Ellie and Luke Eggemeyer of Belleville, Audrey Evans and Hayden Stellhorn of Baldwin; many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Macke Senior Center of Marissa.

Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL on Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 9:00am to 11:00am.

Funeral: Services will be held at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 11:00am with Rev. Wilbur Franklin officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held in the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, IL.