HAZEL E. FRANKLIN
1913 - 2013
On Wednesday, January 9, 2013 of Arlington,
Virginia. Hazel Franklin was born in Atlanta, GA,
but moved to Washington, DC at the age of 2. She
was a graduate of Central High School, now
Cardoza High School in the Columbia Heights
As a young woman, she met James Denny Franklin and the two enrolled in
law school together at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University.
They were married in 1932 and earned their law degrees together in 1933.
The next few decades were filled with moving to Arlington, VA, raising
three wonderful children, Jay, Richard and Debby, and settling into life at
Washington Golf and Country Club where she was active in tennis and
bridge. Hazel never missed an opportunity to organize a social event, and is
given credit for founding the early women's tennis program at WGCC as
well as a mixed-doubles Friday tennis social which finished with cocktails at
their home weekly.
She was widowed in 1985, but continued to fill her life with family and
friends, bridge and travel. She was a social pillar in her neighborhood
Riverwood Citizens Association, and a beloved founding member of the
Arlington Go-Go Girls: widows dedicated to travelling the globe in style. She
was a generous benefactor and member of the Northern Virginia Assistance
League, and a founding member of Arlington Hospital, now the Virginia
Hospital Center. Even in her last years at The Jefferson, she entertained the
residents and staff with her witty one-liners and charming grin.
Beloved wife of the late James D. Franklin; loving mother of Jay D.
Franklin and the late Patricia, Richard J. Franklin and his wife, Jane and
Deborah Franklin Light; devoted grandmother of Kimberly Trundle, Devin
Franklin, Elizabeth Wall, Richard Franklin, Jr., Ashley Viola and Charlotte
Light. She is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren.
Hazel was preceded in death by her grandson, Dennis and former
son-in-law, Richard Light.
A memorial service will be held at St. Mary Episcopal Church, 2609 North
Glebe Road, Arlington, VA, 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. Parking
is available across Glebe Road. Interment private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VITAS Hospice,
1604 Spring Hill Rd., #450, Vienna, VA 22182.
Published in The Washington Post on January 13, 2013