Janet Ethel (Grover) Franklin, 79, passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in McKinney, Texas.
Janet (Grover) Franklin was born in Gloversville, N.Y., on Aug. 29, 1934, to Geraldine C. and Alwyn E. Bauder. She graduated from Johnstown High School in 1952. She attended Potsdam State University in New York, where she received a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and was an active member of the Ago Sorority.
In 1956, Jan married Philip Grover and relocated to Shrewsbury, Mass., where she began her career as a school teacher and started her family with the adoption of two daughters. While living in Massachusetts she was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Eastern Star.
In 1976, Jan and the children moved to Venice, Fla., a place she always considered her adopted home. Jan had a successful career in advertising at WAMR Radio in Venice, Fla., and WEEJ radio in Port Charlotte, Fla. She continued on to the Venice Gondolier, where she wrote a weekly column.
To Jan, her proudest accomplishment was her years as executive director of the American Cancer Society, where she was truly able to help those in need with her warmth and natural ability to comfort those in difficult times.
After retiring, Jan moved to McKinney, Texas, married James Franklin Sr. in 2003 and became an active member of Stonebridge United Methodist Church.
Jan had an immense capacity to love and care for anyone she met. She will be remembered by her family and friends as a deeply spiritual, selfless woman who was always available for those in need. She will be greatly missed.
Jan leaves her husband, James; two daughters, Amanda Grover, and Jeffrey, and Melissa Raney and her husband, Matt; her brother, Alan Bauder; nephews, Justyn Bauder and his wife, Melissa and their children, Meghan, Joshua and Jayden, and Chad Bauder and his wife, Kayla; brother-in-law Fred Franklin and his wife, Gwen; sister-in-law M. Jeanette Fesenden; son-in-law John M.A. Franklin, and James Franklin Jr. and his wife, Sarah; daughter-in-law Lisa Noelle Ncaca and her husband, Mawethu; grandchildren Chelsea Grover, Andrew Franklin, Grace Franklin, Maria Franklin, Lithemba Ncaca and Mila-Yendela John Ncaca; and great-grandchild Aiden Lee Carothers.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in honor of Janet E. Grover Franklin to American Cancer Society, 2970 University Parkway, No. 104, Sarasota FL 34243.