Barbara “Bobbie” Franklin, 85, of Avon, CT, and wife of the late Martin Franklin, passed away Monday February 18, 2013. She was born on July 8, 1927 in Denver, CO. Before residing in Avon, she lived in Simsbury, CT, East Dorset, VT and Darien, CT.

Bobbie was an accomplished equestrian. As a child, she won numerous riding championships in her home state of Colorado. Later in life, she enjoyed passing on her love of horses and riding expertise to the children of East Dorset, VT. One of her most cherished memories was a week-long riding excursion through the countryside of Ireland, which she undertook while in her late 60’s.

Bobbie was a proud mother of three sons and a great supporter of their activities. From Darien High School hockey games and tennis matches to sailing regattas all over Long Island Sound, she was always there and always leading the cheers.

While her horses and her sons were a huge part of her life, her marriage with Marty was remarkable and remained strong for the forty years of their life together. They did not hide their affection for each other and everyone who saw them knew they had something special. Fifteen years after Marty’s death, Bobbie found love again with her friend Rich Rooney. They cared deeply for each other and were constant companions over her last 7 years.

Bobbie’s personality was responsible for her widespread popularity with all those fortunate enough to come in contact with her. She genuinely cared about others more than herself and made people feel better about themselves through their engagement with her.

She leaves three sons, Philip Franklin and his wife Melissa of Lake Forest, IL, Lindley Franklin and his wife Daryl of Darien, Steven Franklin and his wife Claudia of West Simsbury; and seven grandchildren, Andrew, Matthew, Whitney, Ryan, Sydney, Kevin and Amy. Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Gigi Dunklee and Margo Robinson.

A memorial service will be held Monday, February 25, 2 p.m. at Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Rd., Avon, CT. Her family will receive friends from 1:30-2 p.m., at the funeral home, prior to the service. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations, in Bobbie’s memory, may be made to Second Chance Animal Shelter, Second Chance Animal Center, P.O.Box 620, Shaftsbury, VT 05262.

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