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Edna Franklin

Edna Franklin

Edna M., nee Alexander, Franklin, 85, of Tilden, IL; born on July 14, 1934 in Caseyville, IL; passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Sparta Community Hospital in Sparta, IL.

Mrs. Franklin was a homemaker.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tilden.  She was the first president of the Tilden Public Library.  She served on the board of directors of the WMU.  Edna liked working on genealogy.  She also liked quilting, canning jam, cooking and collecting recipe books.  Edna also loved listening to country and gospel music.

She was preceded in death by her parents – Edwin and Blanche, nee Harrison, Alexander.  Her husband Rev. Wilbur “Web” Franklin Sr. whom she married on May 11, 1951 in Paragould, AR and who passed away on April 15, 2018.  She was also preceded in death by four brothers and six sisters and one niece.

She is survived by her children – Wilbur Franklin Jr. of Tilden, IL; Robert (Tammy) Franklin of Willisville, IL; Cynthia (Pat) Jones of Marissa, IL.  Seven grandchildren – Stacie (Jason) Henson; Jeff Franklin; Maegan (Chris) Tombrella; William (Lissa) Franklin; Ashleigh Franklin; Dustin Krzyzanoski; Krystal Krzyzanoski.  Eight great-grandchildren –  Asher Henson; Mabrey Tombrella; Myles Franklin; Erin Franklin; Caden Finks; Lacy Finks; Lilly Finks; Kayla Pence.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Tilden Teen Sunday School Class or the First Baptist Church in Tilden, IL.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may call at the First Baptist Church in Tilden, IL on Monday, June 22, 2020 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 9:00am to 11:00am.

Funeral: Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Tilden, IL on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 11:00am with Rev. Paul Hahn officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held in Caledonia Cemetery in Sparta, IL.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Tilden, IL is in charge of arrangements.


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  1. Karen Flamm says:

    My mother and Edna Mae were childhood friends. I was blessed to get to meet her n her family and become close to her over tge passed 10 yrs. Loved her dearly. She was a sweet sweet lady and is dear to my families hearts ❤ always.

  2. Patricia Wyatt says:

    My Mother Mildred Alexander Bollone had 10 siblings who she loved very much. Aunt Edna was one of those lovely siblings. I loved all 10 of my aunts and uncles. Aunt Edna was always taking care of others. She came to our house, along with Aunt Mari, here in Painesville, OH 2 times. My family and I send our sympathies and prayers to you all.

  3. Carla Bievenue says:

    So sorry to hear of your Moms passing Cindy. Hugs and prayers my friend.

  4. Linda Boston says:

    Sending many prayers for you Wil and Cindy. Your mother was so sweet, kind, and most loving. I’m glad I had the opportunity to get to know her. She was the sunshine when it was cloudy out. Edna was an Inspiration to us all. Gone, but NEVER FORGOTTEN.
    Linda Boston
    Quincy, IL

  5. Natalie Creen says:

    So sorry for the loss of your mom. May you all find peace and happiness soon. Hugs and love Wil.

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