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Patricia Cave Franklin

April 22, 1930January 9, 2020

Patricia Cave Franklin was born on April 22, 1930 and passed away on January 9, 2020.

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Toby Franklin

January 17, 2020

Trish Franklin, our Mum, was always lifting us up. She was our champion when we were wronged, our confidant when we were unsure, and our place of comfort when we were down. Her Sunday roasts were a family feast. Whenever caught, she was “helping Father Christmas because he is SO busy this year”. She snuck candy over the wall of my boarding school. Mum was our positive space - the perpetually proud mother. Her love and devotion to our family never wavered. In her eyes we could do no wrong. Even though she has left this imperfect world, she will be forever - the perfect Mum.

Peter Twombly

January 15, 2020

I have the privilege of being part of a very unique and loving family on my wife’s side. Apart from my wife Gillian of course, “Trish” was the first member of the Franklin family I met....which was more than a few decades ago. After just a few minutes of our first conversation, I can remember saying to myself, now I know where her daughter Gillian gets her sense of elegance, grace and intellect. Indeed, I have rarely met another person who had such a rare knowledge of world events, cultures, and yet could speak on a local level of communication as well ( where to play golf, where to hunt on Ragged Mountain, where to buy the best steaks ; ) I will miss Trish. I’ll miss my political banter with Trish, I’ll miss getting her global perspective on things, I’ll miss fixing her iPhone(s) or iPad(s) and of course her sense of humor....oh, and her cooking tips (aka demands) But most importantly and with all sincerity, I’ll always be eternally grateful that she accepted a peasant like me into the Franklin family. My Mother in Law was truly one of a kind.

Amy Winkler

January 15, 2020

Amy Winkler

January 15, 2020

Amy Winkler

January 15, 2020

Amy Winkler

January 15, 2020

Amy Winkler

January 15, 2020

Amy Winkler

January 15, 2020

Gillian Twombly

January 14, 2020

We were blessed to have an incredible mother, who raised five kids spread across three countries with her running between like a chicken with her head cut off, trying to be there for all of us. She was our greatest supporter and champion.

She devoted her life to her family and especially loved to cook. Meals were always elaborate, made from scratch and took forever! We never ate before 9pm – she preferred to eat on European time, despite being back in the States for years. We dreaded doing the multitude of dirty dishes.

Mum was a fierce defender. Jen remembers Mrs. Reynolds, a teacher at school in England and her bias against children of American mothers. When she unfairly singled Jen out in class, mum took her on and solved the problem with her usual panache. Jen also remembers the other side of mum, the one that held her hand whilst crying along with her as she gave birth at home to three children.

Camping trips were a riot. Our campsites were veritable compounds, comprised of three tents, connected by clotheslines, complete with pegs, towels, wet swimsuits and our Great Pyrenean Mountain dog. We have photographic proof of mum trying to change on a public beach in Italy behind a towel we held for her, bobby pins askew, headscarf caught in her hair, all whilst maintaining her dignity and sense of humor.

She was extremely well-read and well-informed on world politics, about which she held very strong opinions – for better or worse for those involved in the “discussion”. She had a fierce spirit and was young at heart, often giggling like a little girl. Even recently, as she was losing her memory, she would still laugh at herself.

Mum, you were an extraordinary person, our confidante and greatest champion; always there when we needed you; a presence to be reckoned with and admired. Thank you for all the memories, for an amazing childhood, wide range of experiences and all the love you gave.

Jennifer, Gillian & Susan

Gillian Twombly

January 13, 2020