Michelle Renee Franklin, 49, of Mitchell, SD died Friday, February 23, 2018 at her home. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Friday, March 2, 2018 at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.
Michelle Renee Franklin was born 4 April 1968 in San Francisco General Hospital. The first of the four Children of Walter and Rena Franklin and yes this is about 9 months after the Summer of Love in San Francisco after Walter a and Rena eloped to wed prior to his first deployment from San Francisco to Vietnam.
She was a straight A student all through Star of the Sea Academy HS, San Francisco, Mt Diablo HS and finally graduating from Chicopee Comprehensive HS in Chicopee Massachusetts in 1986. She attended Bay Path College, Longmeadow MA attaining an associate degree and graduated from Elms College, Chicopee MA with a Bachelor’s Degree.
Michelle excelled in dance and attended the Kayak School of Dance in Chicopee, MA. She cherished her trips to Boston and New York City to see shows and dance performances and even auditioned once to be a Rockette.
Professionally Michelle settled into retail women’s clothing where she managed many stores in the local area in Massachusetts.
Michelle’s family meant everything to her. Michelle was very spiritual and was the Catholic rock in the family providing guidance and reminding the family to stay spiritually centered always. Michelle passed away on 23 Feb 2018.
Michelle is gone from our sight, but never our memories. Let us rejoice with Michelle in her new life with the Lord.
She is preceded in death by her father Walter Franklin and older brother Steven Tolliver.
She is survived by her mother Rena Franklin Woodbridge VA, her sister Maya Caffey Atlanta GA, Brothers: Tony(Karli) Toliver Mitchell SD, Jason(Igdalia) Franklin Ludlow MA, Phillip(Carrie) Franklin Minot ND, Damon (Keita) Franklin Stafford, VA and numerous nieces and nephews.