Ruth Irene Franklin

Ruth Irene Franklin, 85, of Shelbyville, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at her residence. She was born Aug. 21, 1929, in Greenfield, the daughter of Napoleon and Effie (Fletcher) Grigsby.

Ruth is survived by her sons, Thomas (Sue Kuhn) Franklin of Shelbyville and Joseph (Peggy) Franklin of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Orville Lloyd Franklin, preceded her in death on March 21, 2004. She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter Alfreda "Alfie" Franklin; son Stephen Franklin; and sisters Stella Saylor, Linda Mueller and Patty Pettit; and brother Charles Grigsby.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at the funeral home. Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anne's Altar Society, in care of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway St., Shelbyville, IN, 46176 or Shelbyville-Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, IN, 46176.

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