With great sadness we say farewell to our mother, friend, grandmother, great grandmother. Rose MacArthur-Franklin was born on October 28, 1947 she passed his life on April 1, 2012. Rose was born in South Carolina to Foster and Emma Jane McArthur (now deceased at this time). She was born during the time when the South was segregated as a child her parents moved to New York City. This is where she spent most of her life. Rose met and married David Lee Franklin who is deceased at this time. She raised four children Sabrina Franklin of Manhattan New York, William Franklin of Brooklyn New York, Andrea Franklin-Hamilton of Raleigh North Carolina, and Bernard Franklin of Richmond Virginia. As a single parent she worked hard and committed herself to providing a well-rounded environment for her children. She believed in higher education and attended school throughout her life. She focused on a career that would assist her with her desire for have a better life and providing for her family. She became a substitute teacher at the Board of Education in the early 70s, then pressed forward and became a special educational teacher in the late 70s. She retired after 20 years of service. She educated many young people dedicating her life to teaching in the New York City public school system and educating those with special needs. In addition to her and love for education she also love to sew. Rose spent many hours at her sewing machine creating clothing for women, children or anyone that needed tailored item including household items. After becoming ill she was unable to participate in the activities that gave her pleasure. Rose suffered for many years with her illness finally succumbing and passing this life on April 1, 2012. Rose will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her. Rose is survived by her four children Sabrina, William, Andrea, and Bernard, six grandchildren Salina, Michael, David, Crystal, Jamel, Christopher, Emily and Dayshawn. Five great-grandchildren in which she was unable to meet, a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and of course friends. The family thanks you for your time, encouraging words, and all the sacrifices made to make this time endurable. Funeral Service for Ms. Franklin will be held Saturday April 7, 2012 At 12 NOON here at THE RIVERDALE FUNERAL HOME, 5044 BROADWAY AT THE CORNER OF W.214TH STREET LOCATED IN THE INWOOD SECTION OF MANHATTAN.
LOSS OF MOTHER POEM
Now that I am gone, remember me with smiles and laughter. And if you need to cry, cry with your brother or sister who walks in grief beside you. There are so many who need so much. I want to leave you something -- something much better than words or sounds. Look for me in the people I've known or helped in some special way. Let me live in your heart as well as in your mind. You can love me most by letting your love reach out to our loved ones, by embracing them and living in their love. Love does not die, people do. So, when all that's left of me is love, give me away as best you can.
~ Author unknown