[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 05:15:42 :

The Novato Advance
Wednesday, May 3, 1978


A memorial service was held Saturday at Redwood Chapel for Helena M. Franklin who died Wednesday in a local convalescent hospital following a lengthy illness. She was 86.

A native of Ithaca, New York, she was active for 50 years in animal welfare work, both in New Jersey and Marin County. She was reared in New York City and graduated from the citys first high school.

In 1911 she married Anthony C. Franklin who worked as a printer in the East and also as a guard at the Marin Civic Center after they moved here 20 years ago.

Mrs. Franklin was a longtime member of the Humane Society of the United States and the New England and Marin County humane societies. She crusaded for spaying and neutering programs in New Jersey and in promoting more humane treatment for animals.

She founded the first humane society in Paramus, N. J., and was president of the Humane Education Committee of New Jersey. In Marin, she helped raise money for establishing the Humane Society spaying clinic.

She also played organ in church for many years before moving to Novato and she and her husband continued to entertain patients in nursing homes after moving to Marin. She played piano while he sang.

She was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Novato, the Rebekah Hodge, the Novato Senior Citizens and the Open Door Club of Novato.

Surviving are her husband, of Novato; a son, Joseph Franklin of Chicago; her daughter, Edith Foley of Novato; her brother, George Bierbrower of Pennsylvania, and four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A son, Edgar Franklin, predeceased her.

Memorial contributions to the Humane Society are preferred by the family.

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