Lois E. Franklin

Died: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018


Family to do services at later date


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Lois Elaine Franklin, age 90, recently of Pittsfield, passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2018, in the company of her family.

Born on a farm east of Nebo on October 23, 1928, Lois was the youngest daughter of Owen and Daisy Franklin. Her father died in a farm accident four years later. She attended Nebraska School, a one-room country school, through eighth grade, and graduated from Nebo High School in 1946. Lois remembered the occasional treat of riding to church with her grandfather in his horse-drawn buggy. She took pride in being able to harness a team of horses at a very young age.

Lois was in her second year at Blackburn College when her mother died from cancer, and was able to complete her Associate’s degree due to Daisy Franklin’s insistence that Lois use her share of life insurance funds for tuition. Faculty and administration at Blackburn helped secure the funding for Lois to complete her Bachelor’s degree in 1950. She began her life’s work in clinical psychology with an internship at the Jacksonville State Hospital, while earning her Master’s degree at MacMurray College. Subsequently, Lois taught and directed counseling services at Blackburn and worked on staff at the St. Louis City Child Guidance Clinics and the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, among others. She earned her in Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of St. Louis, and worked in private practice for thirty years.

Lois lived in Clayton, Missouri, and made her home a favorite place for nieces and nephews to visit. A lunch-and-Cardinals-game invitation to family, to celebrate building on a screened porch in 1983, led to a weekend-long family reunion, “baseball weekend,” still celebrated by more than fifty members of the family, thirty-six years later.

Many nephews, great-nephews, and a nephew-in-law made their home in Lois’s basement apartment as they started a career, training, school, or otherwise, paying the nominal rent of household chores.

In addition to professional associations, Lois was a member of the First Unitarian Church of St. Louis and a charter member of the Jane Austen Society. She collected books and antiques, painted and sculpted, and supported the arts, subscribing to the St. Louis Symphony and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, among others. She traveled extensively with a favorite cousin, Eddie Franklin, family, and friends. Lois and Eddie tracked down English stone-built homes similar to those built in eastern Pike County by their ancestors, the Franklin brothers who were responsible for completing the Pike County Courthouse construction.

Lois is survived by her brother-in-law, Carroll Borrowman of Pittsfield, and her six nieces and nephews, Ellen (and Steve) Lowe of Pittsfield, Paul Borrowman of Nebo, Laura Johnmeyer of Louisiana, Missouri, Andrew (and Sheryl) Borrowman of Nebo, Daniel (and Jackie) Borrowman of Pittsfield, and Jane (and Rick) Kulow of Charlottesville, Virginia, and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews. Lois’s sisters, Evelyn Franklin Borrowman and Roberta Franklin preceded her in death, as did a brother Kenneth Owen, who died as a newborn.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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